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Good night and good luck

By Samuel Charles

April 30, 2012

For one of the few times in my life, I’m not quite sure what to say.In six days, I’ll be the first man in my family to graduate from college.But what was college to me? The Chronicle. For the last two years, this place and all that comes with it have shaped me as a person.I believe that people are not necessarily defined by the choices they make, but rather by their surroundings and the people they choose to associate wit...

Taste of Chicago ticket prices not a ‘bargain’

By Editorial Board

April 27, 2012

The annual Taste of Chicago food festival is one of the most popular summer events in the city. In past years, the festival stretched across Grant Park and lasted almost a week, treating residents and visitors to both simple and fancy foodie fare. Next to the food, the free Taste of Chicago concert is a main attraction. But this year the Taste faced drastic cuts and tickets for the concert will cost $25.Taste of Chicago...

Let’s not oversimplify tragedy

By Luke Wilusz

April 23, 2012

I feel like I shouldn’t even have to say this anymore, but news stories keep bringing it up and dragging it out, so I don’t have much of a choice: Video games were not responsible for the murders committed by Anders Breivik in Norway last summer. They were not responsible for the Northern Illinois University shootings in 2008, the Virginia Tech massacre in 2007 or the 1999 events at Columbine High School in Littleton, ...

Faculty Senate flexes muscle

By Lisa Schulz

April 9, 2012

Just seven weeks before President Warrick L. Carter will make his prioritization decisions, along with the Board of Trustees, the Faculty Senate discussed accelerating the search for a new president and an appropriate response to Carter’s public rebuke of a student, which was described as “wrong” by the Senate president.Newly established channels of direct communication between the Senate and the Board Chair Allen Turner...

Checks? Balances? Nope.

By Luke Wilusz

April 2, 2012

A Senator has openly argued against President Barack Obama’s position regarding the international Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement. The treaty would implement an international copyright enforcement policy that could include border searches, criminal prosecution for violators and statutory monetary damages to be awarded to copyright holders.On March 20, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) released a statement saying the administrati...

A ‘Rush’ of ignorance

By Luke Wilusz

March 12, 2012

Conservative political commentator and radio personality Rush Limbaugh made headlines last week after making some blatantly sexist comments on his show. He referred to Sandra Fluke, a Georgetown University law student who testified before Congress in favor of policies that would require health insurance providers to cover prescription birth control, as a “slut” and a “prostitute.” He insinuated that Fluke, and by e...

Elisa Yousett ‘battles’ time, finds humor

By Lisa Schulz

March 12, 2012

Even as an 11-year-old with a simple birthday wish to attend a concert, Elisa Yousett, senior arts, entertainment and media management major and marketing communication minor, dreamed of working in the entertainment industry. She began her managerial career early, hosting Battle of the Bands at her former Buffalo, N.Y., home from age 11 to 17. Now the full-time student balances five jobs and cofounded Blurp Events. Her re...

The art of death

By Trevor Ballanger

March 12, 2012

by Trevor BallangerAssistant Arts & Culture EditorThe rooms are filled with blank eyes staring from all around you. A large chandelier made entirely of bones bathes the space with an eerie glow. A powerful sense of death closes in, but the fear subsides.This is “Morbid Curiosity: The Richard Harris Collection,” an all but living art exhibition.A year ago, more than 1,500 prints, sculptures and memorabilia were loane...

Don’t be such a sexist tool

By Luke Wilusz

March 5, 2012

Competitive fighting game player Aris Bakhtanians made headlines on gaming blogs this week after a Web broadcast of a recent competition featured him picking up a camera, inappropriately focusing it on Miranda Pakozdi, the only female player on his team, and making several inappropriate comments during the course of 10 minutes. He would zoom in on her breasts, butt and feet—rarely showing her face in the frame—while cont...

Protest groups present petitions to administration, call on students to walk out

By The Columbia Chronicle

March 5, 2012

By Sam Charles, managing editor, and Kaley Fowler, assistant metro editorSeveral on- and off-campus protest groups once again convened at Columbia to voice their disapproval of the direction in which the college is moving. But this time, their focus wasn’t strictly on Columbia but also on other downtown institutions.Members of P-Fac, Columbia’s part- time faculty union; US of CC, Columbia’s staff union; Occupy Columbia; and the Co...

Jokers get serious about journalism

By Luke Wilusz

February 27, 2012

Jerry Holkins and Mike Krahulik, the minds behind the popular webcomic Penny Arcade, launched the journalistic arm of their website this week called the Penny Arcade Report. The site’s mission statement argues that video game journalism is broken and makes the claim that “we can do better.” In the effort to do better, Penny Arcade Inc. has hired Ben Kuchera, Ars Technica’s former games editor, as the senior editor fo...

‘I wanna dance with your money’

By Luke Wilusz

February 20, 2012

Legendary singer Whitney Houston was found dead Feb. 11 in a hotel bathtub. The very next day, Sony increased the wholesale price of her records in the UK, which in turn caused the iTunes price to go up automatically. The recording giant later claimed this was a “mistake”and apologized.If this was an accident, it was an awfully damn convenient one, with such uncanny timing that one would be well within reason to sugges...

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