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Metra plans to launch an app early this summer to make ticket payment easier, by allowing riders to purchase tickets on smartphones and other devices, as well as add transit value to Ventra accounts, according to a Jan. 23 Metra press release. Metra is test-running the app before its release to catch any technical glitches.

Metra goes mobile with app payment method

March 2, 2015

Metra is scheduled to release a mobile ticket-purchasing system early this summer, allowing riders to pay from their smartphones and other mobile devices. To promote the upcoming app, Metra is increa...

Dry campus a wet blanket

By Editorial Board

February 16, 2015

Columbia proudly touts itself as a “dry campus”—drinking, possessing or distributing alcohol is strictly prohibited on campus and at college-sponsored events held off campus, unless the college’s administration approves otherwise. While the college’s dry campus policy means well, it is a laughable and barely enforceable policy at best.The Chronicle in no way condones underage drinking or providing alcohol to minors...

‘STEM’ disparity has early origin

Portrait of Marie Curie in her laboratory

By Assistant Sports & Health Editor

December 1, 2014

The gap between the sexes in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics has narrowed considerably since the 1970s. Although that disparity has been addressed in certain respects, the root ...

Crime reports reveal increase in theft

Crime reports reveal increase in theft

October 13, 2014

An outbreak of thefts is plaguing Columbia’s campus, resulting in stolen backpacks, phones, wallets, a laptop and a bicycle. In an Oct. 3 email to the college community, the Office of Campus Safety & Security warned students that there has been an increase in thefts occu...

Relax Sunday liquor sale laws

February 10, 2014

A long-standing rule in Chicago prohibits the sale of alcohol before 11 a.m. on Sunday, but the City Council is debating an ordinance that could end the ban. The law cuts into profits, is arbitrary and impedes commerce.Alderman Pat O’Connor (40th Ward) proposed extending the liquor sale hours on Sunday to 8 a.m. to help grocers generate extra income. The original rule is a relic from the days of blue laws, which barred bus...

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