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Louis Silverstein, associate professor in the Humanities, History & Social Sciences Department, relaxes in his office while expressing his views on recreational marijuana usage.

Someone You Should Know: Louis Silverstein

April 21, 2014

Louis Silverstein, associate professor in the Humanities, History & Social Sciences Department, is known for calling marijuana the “food of the gods.” Expanding on the belief that marijuana is...

Members of Straightedge at Columbia, the college’s straight edge group, pose with the X symbol. The letter “X” or “XXX” is often used to represent the movement on straight edge clothing and memorabilia.

Life on the edge

April 21, 2014

Many college students sneak alcohol past residence hall security guards and cover the vents in their dorm rooms to contain the smell of weed on the weekend, but within that haze is a group of students ...

Chicago cab drivers pay a maximum of $700 a week to lease a taxi from a cab company. A Chicago cab driver filed a lawsuit in 2012 demanding the city lower lease rates because it prevents drivers from making a livable wage.

Cabbies demand fare hike

April 14, 2014

As the controversy surrounding rideshare companies heats up, Chicago taxi drivers are revisiting a 2012 lawsuit demanding a fare hike.Dozens of taxi drivers gathered outside the chambers of City Hall A...

Diana Vallera, P-Fac president and adjunct faculty member in the Photography Department, speaks out at the college’s March 20 Academic Freedom forum in the Conaway Center, 1104 S. Wabash Ave. P-Fac, Columbia’s part-time faculty union, is currently assessing the legality of allowing staff members into the union.

Debate surrounding staff petition heats up

April 7, 2014

An online petition aimed at gaining adjunct faculty union representation for staff members has prompted a P-Fac and administrative response about its legal implications. Staff Who Teach, a group of more than 70 full-time staff members—some of whom are members of the United Staff ...

Alumna takes the reigns of a Chicago arts foundation

Alumna takes the reigns of a Chicago arts foundation

April 7, 2014

As of late February, Kemati Janice Porter, a 1976 Creative Writing alumna, has been named the Interim Executive Director of the eta Creative Arts Foundation. The new position came after eta entered a transitional period when their former Executive Director resigned, a...

Porn and Chicken

Porn and Chicken—what could be better?

March 17, 2014

Ever Monday night at the Evil Olive, 1551 W. Division St., DJ trio Porn and Chicken bring an intense blend of chaos and debauchery too racy for water cooler conversation. If the idea of dousing your hair i...

Budget cannot soldier through renovation

March 17, 2014

Chicago’s finances are in dire straits, but even in the face of the looming budget shortfall, Mayor Rahm Emanuel is dreaming up expensive renovations for Soldier Field. Clearly, the reality of Chicago’s fiscal difficulties has not hit him hard enough.Emanuel said in a press briefing following the March 5 City Council meeting that he wants to draft a 5,000-seat expansion of Soldier Field in an attempt to host the Super B...

King, queen crowned at Blood Ball

King, queen crowned at Blood Ball

March 17, 2014

A new king and queen came to power March 7 at Columbia’s Blood Ball, an annual dance honoring Columbia’s original founder. This year’s Blood Ball royalty featured sophomore theater majors Sasha Markgraf, crowned queen, and Chase Ingrande, crowned king. The Blood Ball took...

Dylan Chupp (left), Austin Evans (center) and Dylan Decker (right) of Old Fox Road released their debut EP I'll Get Over It on March 8. Since forming the band six months ago, they have slowly been building a fanbase. The group is scheduled to play Tochtli Fest in Log Angeles June 20-23. 

Old Fox Road says ‘folk you’ to punk

March 10, 2014

Playing for a crowd of pimpled high schoolers packed in Centennial Lanes bowling alley Feb. 16 in Tinley Park, Ill., Dylan Chupp, lead singer of folk-punk band Old Fox Road, instructed the crowd to com...

Multiple sclerosis attacks nerves

Scientists one step closer to treating multiple sclerosis

March 10, 2014

The recent discovery of a new type of blood cell may lead to strides in the treatment of multiple sclerosis, an autoimmune disease that currently affects approximately 2.3 million people worldwide.The ...

Story Week Preview

Story Week embraces diverse narratives

March 10, 2014

Columbia is starting a new chapter with its 18th installment of the Story Week Festival of Writers, an annual citywide event that highlights emerging and established writers. This year’s theme is DiverCity: Urban Stories. The free festival, which will take place around the city f...

Charles Kelley, lead singer of Lady Antebellum, prepares the crowd for the start of

Lady Antebellum owns the night

March 3, 2014

Plaid shirts and cowboy boots were required when the Allstate Arena, 6290 N. Mannheim Road, went country Feb. 26 for the Take Me Downtown Tour featuring, supporting artist Kip Moore and headliner Lady A...

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