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Who says we have to say goodbye?

By Zoë Eitel

February 12, 2018

Chicago lived up to its reputation as one of the coldest and snowiest places outside of the Antarctic during the week of Feb. 5 when temperatures fell into the negatives. As the snow started falling due t...

Are we there yet?

Are we there yet?

February 9, 2018

Whether you have been in a relationship with your partner for five years, one year or even six months, the question “Should we move in together?” may arise. At first, the big step may seem like a great idea, but before you take the plunge, ask yourself these crucial questions to make sure the move is right for you.Why do I really want to move in with them?This can be a hard question to ask yourself, but it is important to take the time to evaluate your own emotions and have an honest conversation with yourself. You may tell your friends, “Oh, I need a roommate anyway—why not split the rent with someone I love?” or “We basically live together anyway,” or “They stay over all the time, half of their things are at my place, it’s not going to be that different.” Yes and no.      Living with someone you’re dating is not a giant sleepover. Despite your preconceptions, everyone needs space.     When a couple shares a home, there is no escape from seeing each other. Sure, you can tell them to stay in the other room—if you have a multiple bedrooms, which I highly recommend—if you get into an argument or have a frustrating day, but simply sitting in a different room isn’t always enough.      While you can always count on some alone time because we all have different schedules, seeing your partner every day can put strain on a relationship.How will we handle basic “roommate conflicts”?It’s not always easy to tell your roommate to clean up the dishes or not to leave crusty toothpaste in the sink. But imagine having to tell your significant other that.      It can be hard because you love them and you don’t want to start a “silly” argument, but feeling comfortable in your home is important. Before moving in together, couples should discuss what they expect from each other in terms of cleanliness and how to confront one another when those problems arise. Make sure you’re on the same page.      Even though you are dating, if you move in together you need to divide up the cleaning—and shopping—equally. One partner buying all the groceries and cleaning the bathroom will cause frustration and put more strain on the relationship. Don’t bottle up your frustrations until you want to explode. Communicate.Am I having any doubts?Make sure you and your partner have had multiple, honest discussions about this decision and that living together is what you both genuinely want.      If they decide they want to, that’s great. Now you need to ask yourself if you have any doubts. If you do, communicate your reservations. Every couple has issues, some more manageable than others, but do not assume that they will miraculously get better once you move in together.       Even if your relationship does not appear to have any problems, ask yourself if you are ready.      If you need more time, that is not a bad thing. You know what they say, the best things are worth the wait. SIDE NOTE: If they cut your hair off without your permission, don’t move in with them

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.

Although Columbia does not have a high retention or graduation rate, a new study from the American Educational Reasearch Association found that those rates do not directly predict whether a particular institution’s students will be successful.

Selectivity doesn’t explain college graduation rates

September 2, 2014

A study published in the Aug. 6 American Educational Research Journal found that a college’s or university’s selectivity has a limited effect on students’ chances of graduating. The study, “College Selectivity and Degree Completion,” by Scott Heil and Paul Attewell of the...

Chronic Anxiety

By Sports and Health Editor

April 21, 2014

Colin Anders* presses the speckled glass bong to his lips. He flicks his lighter and holds it to the base, igniting the packed slider overflowing with green crumbly weed, and slowly inhales. Crippling anxiety feels much more tolerable when stoned, he reasons.And then it hits.Black spots slowly cloud his vision. His heart begins pounding out of his chest and his body shakes uncontrollably as he loses the ability to breathe....

How-to: Simple Sun Salutation

March 17, 2014

Sivananda Yoga's approach to the sun salutation brings prana, or energy, into the body with an emphasis on correct breathing techniques. Katrina Ryan, a yoga instructor at the Columbia Dance Center, 1306 ...

How-to: Be Funny

March 3, 2014

Ask anyone what they look for in a significant other and they'll probably say a sense of humor. But how does one develop comedic chops? Sophomore theater major Sarah Perry shared six key steps to being ...

'Animals' gets wild at SXSW

‘Animals’ gets wild at SXSW

February 10, 2014

As the annual South by Southwest film festival approaches, Collin Schiffli a 2005 film & video alumnus, is excited for his new film “Animals” to debut at the festival. “Animals,” a film set in Chicago follows a young homeless couple battling addiction while living o...

How To: Blog

By Dannis Valera

November 5, 2012

Blogging has become a staple of our social media-crazy society. Anyone can do it and everyone has thought up of every kind of blog. But what can you do to make sure your blogging efforts are a success? The Chronicle sat down with Blogging: Beyond the Basics instructors Sharon Bloyd-Peshkin and Sal Barry to see what tips they had to survive in the blog-o-sphere.

How To: Save Money in Chicago

By Dannis Valera

October 1, 2012

When you live in a city like Chicago it can be bought sticking to your budget and being careful with your money. The Chronicle sat with Emily Easton, Director of New Student Programs and Orientation, and she gave some great tips in how you can save more money as opposed to spending it.

Oshwa ‘transmits’ independence

By Emily Ornberg

September 4, 2012

“Having a crush/ Man it’s bliss/ I just feel like ripping my face off.” Combining multi-layered rhythms, looped vocals and punchy lyrics, Alicia Walter, senior music major, performed under the moniker Oshwa in January 2011, and it grew into a band as she recruited drummer and senior music major Jordan Tate; guitarist and junior audio arts and acoustics major Michael Macdonald; and bassist Michael Noonan.Just before ...

Chronicle Recipe: Spam Musubi

By Dannis Valera

March 19, 2012

Dennis Valera, the Assistant Multimedia Editor, is joined by Damaly Keo, one of the Chronicle's Graphic Designers as she shows us how to make the popular Hawaiian treat spam musubi."Damaly Keo" "Hawaiian Cuisine" "Spam" "Spam Musubi" "Hawaii" "How-To" "Recipe"

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