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San Fran dance troupe visits Dance Center

By Heather Scroering

February 20, 2012

By Tyler McDermottContributing WriterKicking off the Center’s spring 2012 season ,Members of the Margaret Jenkins Dance Company explored the connections between emotion and nature Feb. 9 at the midwest debut of “Light Moves” at Columbia’s Dance Center, 1306 S. Michigan Ave.The San Francisco-based dance troupe ventured onto campus Feb. 9 for a three-day run of the collaborative piece that portrays the simulation betwee...

Westboro church’s ignorance not excusable

By Trevor Ballanger

February 20, 2012

I’ve always felt a sense of pride for who I am and where I come from, though at times it wasn’t easy. Some may think that being gay and coming from a highly religious family in southern Iowa would be rough, and they would be right.But in a lot of ways I was luckier than I realized at that time. There has always been a strong support system of friends and family around me, and I’ve never had trouble being protected whe...

Chicago does not deserve title of 6th most miserable city

By Editorial Board

February 13, 2012

Midwesterners often ask me why I decided to move from the paradise of sunny Southern California to Illinois’ frozen tundra. Why leave a state with virtually everything—beaches, mountains, deserts, good Mexican food—for Chicago, one of the coldest, most crime-ridden cities in America? To be frank, it’s an irritating question, and the less people bring it up to me, the better.But much to my chagrin, Forbes magazine rec...

Faculty fiction books become reality

By Lisa Schulz

October 30, 2011

Like a rushing river in the rural Midwest, some short stories are quickly written and flow on, while others dry up in obsolete valleys, remaining hopeless until it rains with purpose again.Columbia’s Fiction Writing Department enjoyed a flood of 12 recently released books written by alumni and faculty members including five that are to be released within the next year.Included are a range of publications, from digital colle...

FBI expansion of power hits home

By Darryl Holliday

January 31, 2011

Federal investigations into U.S. residents’ private lives are on the rise, both nationally and in the city of Chicago because of suspected terrorist links that many say are unfounded, and in effect, constitute violations of privacy and First Amendment rights.Two forms of federal subpoenas, national security letters and grand jury subpoenas are increasingly used by the FBI to obtain personal records and private documents...

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