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HeForShe seeks joint effort for gender equality

By Kyra Senese Managing Editor

September 29, 2014

Emma Watson, the famous actress-turned United Nations Women Goodwill Ambassador, made headlines last week when she called on men to join the fight for gender equality on Sept. 20 at the UN Headquarters in New York City.Watson spoke on behalf of the HeForShe campaign, an international movement that aims to unite both genders to achieve gender equality worldwide, according to the campaign website.“We want to end gender in...

LGBTQ Film Festival aims to be more inclusive

By Brandon Howard

September 19, 2014

The second-longest running film festival of its kind, Reeling: The Chicago LGBTQ Film Festival, begins its 32nd year Sept. 18 at the Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave. This time around, organizers were looking for films that featured greater diversity.The festival kicks off with subversive romantic comedy “Boy Meets Girl,” writer/director Eric Schaeffer’s look into the love life of a transgender woman in Kentuck...

Equal pay a civil right

May 12, 2014

The economy is slowly improving, but not everyone’s paychecks reflect that. On average, women are paid 77 cents for every dollar the average man makes, a ridiculously backward standard that needs to be remedied if the country is truly going to recover economically.President Barack Obama has increased his scrutiny of income disparity in the last six months, pressuring Congress to pass legislation that would strengthen the U.S. E...

Dopey DeMarco shows depth

Indie rocker Mac DeMarco charms the crowd at the Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western Ave., with his talent April 2.

By Brandon Howard

April 7, 2014

The last time Mac DeMarco played at The Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western Ave, was in July 2013. At the time, the young Canadian lo-fi indie rocker was just finishing recording his new album Salad Days, releas...

Packback

Packback offers inexpensive textbook alternative

March 31, 2014

As Columbia’s cost of attendance continues to rise, a new company may help decrease the financial burden that textbook costs place on students. Packback, a digital textbook rental service, will give students the option to purchase 24-hour access to textbooks for a f...

Diseased DNA strand

Cancer genetics software gets update

March 10, 2014

Tumor analysis has become faster and more accurate thanks to new technology that better identifies cancer markers.Researchers at the Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine in Minnesota made improvements to the syst...

Go tax yourself

By Managing Editor

February 24, 2014

By 2014 it’s pretty common knowledge that America is fat.The obesity rate has been ballooning for years, people aren’t getting enough exercise and First Lady Michelle Obama has made it her personal crusade to convince kids to eat their veggies. The current state of physical health in the U.S. is laughable, but the nation’s Body Mass Index is ultimately determined by its citizens, not its government.In Illinois’ late...

It’s none of your damn business

By Kaley Fowler

January 28, 2013

Jodie Foster’s almost coming out speech during the Jan. 13 Golden Globes left many viewers wishing she hadn’t brought up her romantic inclinations at all. No one would have been surprised if the notoriously secretive actress avoided addressing rumors about her sexual preference that have followed her for decades. Instead, she ambiguously alluded to her sexuality, inciting waves of backlash and confusion, ultimately raising th...

Add ‘gender identity’ to anti-discrimination statement

By Editorial Board

December 10, 2012

Columbia’s anti-discrimination statement reads, “Columbia will not tolerate harassment or discrimination based on religion, race, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or ethnicity by or of its students, faculty, or staff.”One category that is noticeably absent from the statement is gender identity. Should transgender students face discrimination, there is no guarantee they will receive the same prote...

Illinois could be next to recognize gay marriage

By Hallie Zolkower-Kutz

December 10, 2012

Although same-sex couples can’t marry in Illinois, Chicago scored 95 out of 100 for LGBT-friendliness on the new Municipal Equality Index published Nov. 27 by the Human Rights Campaign.The MEI scores cities based on a list of 47 criteria under six broad categories, including “nondiscrimination laws,” “relationship recognition by the city” and “municipality as employer,” according to Paul Guequierre, the HRC’s dep...

LGBT hall of fame inducts new members

By Hallie Zolkower-Kutz

November 19, 2012

The Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame honored twelve inductees for their contributions to the advancement of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans-gender communities Nov. 12 at the Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark Street.Three organizations were also honored at the ceremony: The Chicago Black Gay Men’s Caucus, a group focused on HIV and AIDS prevention; the Chi-Town Squares, a dance group that brings LGBT and non...

Exploring Day of the Dead

By Contributing Writer

October 9, 2012

by Tyler Eagle, Contributing WriterThe room was decorated in skeleton figurines and papel picado, or colorful paper cut outs, while students waited in line to sample classic Hispanic cuisine like mole sauce and mixed rice. The buzz of excitement in the room was nothing compared to the guitar tuning that signaled the beginning of the event.The guitarist is Latin-American musicologist and Chicago native Jesus “Chuy” Negre...

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