The Columbia Chronicle

Cynthia Grunden, assistant vice president of Student Financial Services, joined the college on Feb. 2, 2015.

AVP of Student Financial Services talks financial aid, payment plans

June 24, 2015

New students have many responsibilities to manage as they settle into their new college homes. Between organizing your move-in date, color coordinating your new bedroom and choosing which “Welcome W...

Avengers: Age of Ultron

‘Age of Ultron’ starts summer movie season

May 11, 2015

Most films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe share similar characteristics: The central characters are established, a new villain emerges and the two forces fight. The final sequence is 20 minutes of break...

Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter

‘Kumiko’ a beautiful love letter to cult classic

April 13, 2015

There is a fine line between fact and fiction, especially in films. When retelling true stories, details are often embellished, and situations are exaggerated. Characters and events are often subject ...

With its DIY attitude and nostalgic lyrics, Tinley Park-based quintet Real Friends straddles the line between the emo and pop-punk genres. The band’s new documentary, “Moving Forward,” premiered Feb. 19 in Orland Park and discusses its latest album, its growth, touring and what it is like to be in a band.

Real Friends ‘move forward’ with documentary, new music

February 23, 2015

In 2008, Kyle Fasel (bass), Dave Knox (guitar), Dan Lambton (vocals), Eric Haines (guitar) and Brian Blake (drums) started Real Friends, a crossover pop-punk and emo band based out of Tinley Park, Illinoi...

‘Big Hero 6’ visuals, characters surpass plot line

‘Big Hero 6’ visuals, characters surpass plot line

November 17, 2014

Since Walt Disney Studios purchased Marvel Entertainment in 2009, popular comic book characters have exploded onto the silver screen. Although the company played it relatively safe with fan favorites such...

Portable device generates charge from daily activities

AMPY absorbs kinetic energy, storing it inside a battery that can be used to charge phones or other devices.

By Assistant Sports & Health Editor

November 10, 2014

Those who have trouble getting through the day without their phones dying might have a new solution that will keep their batteries charged for longer.The makers of AMPY, a wearable device that captures k...

Jake Gyllenhaal goes all-in for psychological ‘Nightcrawler’ role

Jake Gyllenhaal goes all-in for psychological ‘Nightcrawler’ role

November 10, 2014

On the morning news, viewers see footage of crimes, accidents and the aftermath of some of the most painful things a person can experience. But what are the costs some people pay to get that gruesome foo...

Michael Keaton delivers a captivating performance in “Birdman,” along with Emma Stone and Edward Norton in director Alejandro González Iñárritu’s new comedy/drama.

‘Birdman’ a soaring comeback for Michael Keaton

November 3, 2014

Everybody loves a great comeback story—stars such as Robert Downey Jr. and Betty White have done just that, disappearing from the spotlight and reemerging in roles that reenergize their careers. Now it...


Medical cannabis dispensaries to open in Chicago

November 3, 2014

Patients may soon be getting medical cannabis prescriptions filled in Wicker Park, Mayfair and Pullman if three Illinois Grown Medicine dispensaries are permitted to open in those neighborhoods. Illinois G...

Dracula Untold

‘Dracula Untold’ sucks more than blood

October 20, 2014

For the last several years, Hollywood has oozed origin stories. Popular franchises such as “Star Trek,” “Batman” and “X-Men” released, films chronicling the characters backstories and how th...

Liam Neeson’s ‘Tombstones’ not a walk to remember

Liam Neeson’s ‘Tombstones’ not a walk to remember

September 29, 2014

After actor Liam Neeson’s formulaic performances in critically panned, but financially successful action flicks such as “Taken” and “Non-Stop,” his new role in “A Walk Among the Tombstones”...

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