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Health care act sparks moral debate

By Tim Shaunnessey

April 23, 2012

Separation of church and state has long been a contentious issue. Recently, issues of religious freedom versus the prevention of discrimination have resulted in conflicts between the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Catholic Church.During an April 16 forum about the separation of church and state in an age of health care reform, Cardinal Francis George, archbishop of Chicago, spoke at the Union League Cl...

Otis wins Biggest Mouth

By Heather Scroering

April 23, 2012

Chicago blues and soul septet Otis took the stage April 18 at Metro, 3730 N. Clark St., and delivered nothing but funk and energy from the first note to the last. Little did the band know, amid the blue lights and more than 700 Columbia students and supporters, that they would be named winner of a $3,000 cash prize.Thirteen bands competed at Columbia’s annual Biggest Mouth music competition hosted by the Student Programmin...

Dazed, but not confused

By Emily Fasold

April 9, 2012

Although daydreamers are generally considered spacey and forgetful, new research from the University of Wisconsin-Madison has found they tend to have better working memories.The study, published online in March in the journal Psychological Science, showed that people whose minds wandered while performing simple tasks had superior working memories to those who kept focus.Researchers define working memory as the mental workspa...

City, partners work to sell foreclosed houses in Humboldt Park

By Chris Loeber

April 2, 2012

Vacant buildings and empty lots dot the landscape of Chicago neighborhoods hit hard by the 2010 foreclosure crisis, but the city and its partners are collaborating to assist present and potential homeowners to revitalize these troubled areas.On March 14, Chicago’s Department of Housing and Economic Development announced the TIF Purchase Rehab program that will offer forgivable loans for no more than 25 percent of the cost ...

Cooking up a new future

By Sophia Coleman

March 12, 2012

The inspiration began with a red Radio Flyer wagon filled with sandwiches and coffee.Lisa Nigro, a former Chicago police officer, founded Inspiration Cafe in 1989 when she used her nephew’s wagon to feed the homeless and other passersby with her homemade food. Her little cafe on wheels slowly grew into a full-fledged restaurant for the homeless, and in 2000 began offering a training program for chefs in its kitchen.“We h...

Good Grub Spotlight: Halo Asian Mix

By Dannis Valera

March 5, 2012

Halo Asian Mix has only been around for a year, despite that it's popularity has boomed around the downtown area and online on sites like Yelp. As the name suggests, the restaurant features a wide-range of Asian cuisine. Thai, Hawaiian, Japanese, Filipino, and Chinese are the cuisines featured. Halo is located right near the Adams/Wabash 'L' station.

Despite gridlock, our problems are solvable

By Matt Watson

December 12, 2011

Looking back from this vantage point, 2011 was quite a year. Americans witnessed terrible, debilitating political theater at home, as well as revolutions in the Arab world, a tsunami in Japan, a financial Armageddon in Europe and the continued rise of China.Last year was all about us. The fight against the evil, over-intrusive federal government ushered in the Tea Party—a crowd of justifiably concerned citizens led by a...

America’s biggest problem: itself

By Matt Watson

November 28, 2011

In an unsurprising act, Congress’ Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction failed to meet its Nov. 21 deadline for drafting a plan to shave more than $1.2 trillion off the federal deficit in the next decade. The committee had months of time to deliberate and the specter of more than $1 trillion in random cuts to defense and non-defense spending hanging over its head as motivation. These politicians had the opportunity to sa...

Love/hate relationship with Wall Street

By Matt Watson

November 14, 2011

Conservative pundits and politicians have been passing around the “class warfare” term like a baton in their race to undermine Democratic efforts to raise taxes on millionaires and billionaires. It’s their only defense. How else could they justify clinging to such an absurd stance as defending the ultra-wealthy in these painful economic times? The GOP knows that class warfare paints a picture for voters of peasants ...

Voter restrictions purely political move

By Matt Watson

November 7, 2011

Those wily Republicans are at it again. The GOP had a good two years, taking control of state governments across the nation, as well as the House of Representatives. They’ve also successfully hijacked the national mood, making working-class citizens believe that cutting taxes for the wealthy will somehow help them. I won’t lie—I’m actually impressed and a little jealous that progressives haven’t implemented this sort...

Public transit could be key to future

By Matt Watson

October 31, 2011

America is the land of cars and highways. Henry Ford may not have invented the automobile, but he perfected the assembly-line production model that enabled every American to own one. Thanks to this, urban sprawl has become etched into our national landscape, destroying corn fields and wilderness to make space for new cookie-cutter subdivisions. Yet the rising cost of owning a car may change the way Americans get from place to place....

Students need safe passage to school

By Matt Watson

October 10, 2011

Boarded up houses loom over large swaths of Chicago, standing as dismal reminders of the recession. These eyesores serve as havens for gangs, drug dealers and squatters, creating dangerous areas in already troubled neighborhoods. It isn’t uncommon for dead pit bulls, the casualties of ruthless dog fights, to be found in abandoned homes. With more than 10,500 foreclosures in the city in 2010, the problem shows no sign of abat...

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