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Illegal immigrants await green lights for temporary licenses

By Will Hager

January 28, 2013

Illinois is on the verge of becoming the most populous state to allow undocumented immigrants to apply for temporary driver’s licenses in an effort to boost safety and reduce traffic accidents statewide.SB957 cleared both the Illinois Senate and House of Representatives, leaving it in the hands of Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn to decide whether to sign it into law. The legislation will be effective 10 months after it is signed, whi...

Chicago ‘traps’ rap stigmas

By Trevor Ballanger

December 3, 2012

When hypnotic beats are entangled with the menacing ebb and flow of murderous lyrics, popular music can become a danger to society. One might even call this kind of music a trap.Rap music has been plagued by stigmas since its start in the ’70s, later gaining momentum and becoming one of the most influential genres in popular music.According to Michael Kolar, owner of SoundScape Studios, a Chicago-based recording company...

CTA hate ads must be countered with tolerance

By Editorial Board

November 26, 2012

A startling new ad campaign appeared on CTA buses Nov. 14. The “Defeat Jihad” ads display a black background with large bold text that reads, “In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man,” and urges viewers to support Coptic Christians in Egypt. The advertisements are sponsored by Pamela Geller, a conservative blogger and co-founder of the American Freedom Defense Initiative, an orga...

Wildcats cruise past Tigers

By Nader Ihmoud

November 13, 2012

A dominant first half performance by the Northwestern University Wildcats allowed them to cruise to a 79-49 victory against the Texas Southern University Tigers at Welsh-Ryan Arena on Nov. 13.On opening night, Wildcats' senior forward Drew Crawford, scored a game high 20 of the team's 43 points and single handily out scored the Tigers in the first half. The Wildcats built a 29 point lead headed into the second half, 43-14....

Editor’s note: Facebook statuses aren’t news

By Heather Scroering

November 12, 2012

We can all rest easier now that election campaigning is over for at least another two years. Some of us are probably exhausted from having unsolicited political opinions squawked at us from all angles on social media. But during this election, I noticed a trend: People saying they were turning away from political issues altogether simply because they felt they had reached their saturation point with ill-informed Facebook poli...

Schneider wins over Dold in 10th District

By Alexandra Kukulka

November 6, 2012

In one of the closest races of the night, with both candidates taking the lead numerous times throughout the evening, Democrat Brad Schneider won the race for congressman in of Illinois 10th District, the first of his party to win the district in the last 33 years.Republican incumbent Robert Dold, who held the position for two years, thanked the crowd that gathered at his event at Viper Alley in Lincolnshire, Ill., for th...

Carter creates change

By Alexandra Kukulka

October 29, 2012

President Warrick L. Carter was Columbia’s highest-paid employee in the 2010–2011 fiscal year with an income of $351,205, according to the college’s most recent Form 990, an annual tax document all nonprofit institutions and organizations must submit to the U.S. Internal Revenue Service.Carter’s salary decreased from the previous fiscal year because he received a $45,000 bonus in 2009, compared to a $3,384 bonus in ...

More tuition, less aid

By The Columbia Chronicle

October 22, 2012

As many students struggle to fund their college education, some activists and professors argue that the distribution of loan and grant money, along with limited access to entrance and exit counseling, is causing problems for students.An Oct. 11 report from the National Economic Research Association found that 40 percent of the 27,000 college students polled had not received any exit counseling regarding loan debt, which h...

Wildcats upset top-ten opponent at home

By Nader Ihmoud

October 10, 2012

Despite the gusting winds, the Northwestern University Wildcats were able to fend off the No. 7 ranked University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish 2-1 on Oct. 9 at Lakeside Field.Early on, the Wildcats were aggressive on offense, scoring both goals in the first 20 minutes of the game. Freshman forward Joey Calistri broke out of his slump with a goal and an assist on the game-clinching goal, by junior midfielder Lepe Seetane....

Referees take heat from all sides

By Kyle Rich

October 1, 2012

The NFL has recently come under fire from former players and medical personnel for what they believe has been a lack of safety precautions during games that has affected them yearsafter retirement.Now that the 2012-2013 season is underway, the NFL has taken more harsh criticism due to the labor dispute with the NFL Referees Association, which forced the league to use replacement officials in lieu of locked-out professionals f...

Wicker Park ranked No. 4 hipster neighborhood in U.S.

By Dannis Valera

October 1, 2012

Chicago’s usual sea of beards, plaid, Buddy Holly glasses and skinny jeans are paired with solemn faces this week—the eclectic neighborhood of Wicker Park, home to many Columbia students, was recently crowned fourth in Forbes’ and’s inaugural list of “America’s Hippest Hipster Neighborhoods.”Read the full story by our Assistant Arts & Culture Editor, Emily Ornberg, here on our website!http:/...

Irvine Welsh brings back ‘Trainspotting’ gang

By Alex Stedman

September 24, 2012

Heroin, AIDs and violence are enough to make most stop in their tracks. They did in 1993 when Scottish author Irvine Welsh released his critically acclaimed debut novel “Trainspotting,” which followed the lives of heroin addicts in Edinburgh, Scotland. Its 1996 film adaptation starring Ewan McGregor was a global success. Welsh’s projects since “Trainspotting,” include the 2002 sequel “Porno” and nine other no...

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