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Daniel Zott and Josh Epstein make up half of Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., a band quickly making a name for itself as one of indie music’s rising acts, thanks to its catchy songs.

Detroit’s Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. turn funs into funky

November 24, 2014

Through its infectious beats and synth-pop style, Detroit-based Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. is becoming one of indie music’s most prolific rising stars. With members Daniel Zott, Joshua Epstein, Mike Higg...

‘No Genre’ music seminar brings B.o.B, DJ MoonDawg to campus

Rapper B.o.B advises students on the importance of developing meaningful industry relationships.

By Assistant Campus Editor

November 17, 2014

The Student Programming Board partnered with Atlantic Records to bring a panel of distinguished members of the hip-hop community to campus.Hip-hop artists Bobby Ray Simmons Jr., who performs under the name B...

Menu labeling molds ‘architecture of choice’

By Assistant Sports & Health Editor

November 17, 2014

A recent study from the University of Glasgow in Scotland successfully linked calorie labeling on menus with reduced weight gain for the first time. Over the course of 36 weeks, a group of students given no calorie information gained eight pounds on average. The following year, a separate group was presented with prominently displayed labels on their dinner menus and at the serving point where they received their meals for another 36-week period. The latter group gained only four pounds on average—a decrease of Sc50 percent.The results were presented Nov. 5 during the Obesity Journal Symposium at The Obesity Society’s annual meeting in Boston.“We used prominent calorie labels—big and colorful—so they could not really be missed by the students,” said Charoula Nikolaou, lead author of the study and a Ph. D. student at the University of Glasgow’s School of Medicine. “All previous calorie labeling studies used quite small information—they’re supposed to be the same size as the price [of the meal].”About a dozen studies have looked at the relationship between calorie labeling and weight gain in U.S. chain restaurants and have seen little to no effect, according to Sara Bleich, associate professor of Health Policy at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health and spokeswoman for The Obesity Society.“I think the biggest challenge for people is they don’t make a lot of sense of calorie information,” Bleich said. “Most people don’t know how X number of calories in a particular item would fit into a recommendation of about 2,000 calories per day. Even given that calorie benchmark, expecting people to make those calculations at the point of purchase is unlikely.”Bleich said pre-packaged foods research shows that consumers do not have a good sense of nutrient compositions, vitamin content or even how to properly read a label. When it comes to ordering from a menu, consumers are expected to not only understand what the nutrition content of the meal is but also how the calories will fit into daily recommendations. According to Nikolaou, calorie content is generally related to fat content. By displaying the number of calories in a meal, students were automatically being nudged away from higher-fat meals. The researchers also analyzed micronutrient information and found that the lower-calorie meals were no worse in terms of vitamin and mineral content. “We had some anxiety they’d end up with unbalanced meals if they just focused on calories,” said Mike Lean, professor and chair of Human Nutrition at the University of Glasgow. “But because of the emphasis on meals, not pieces of a meal, that tended not to be true.”Although calorie labeling is not a  treatment for obesity, it is a form of primary prevention that has been severely lacking worldwide, according to Lean. Research shows the trajectory of weight gain is set in early adolescence, rising in the teenage years and early adulthood before leveling off later in life. “Education has shown itself not to be effective, which is why food companies are very happy to put out a lot of educational materials—it doesn’t change the way people choose,” Lean said. Nikolaou called it “changing the architecture around food choices,” or redefining the factors that influence how people determine what food to order. Lean said the labels are not big enough or prominent enough to impact customers in New York City, where calorie labeling is legally mandated in franchised restaurants. The ambiguous results of prior calorie labeling studies seem to suggest that a highly-visible, daily reminder is necessary for successful results, he said.During a portion of the second year of the study, the labels were removed from menus. Nikolaou said this removal of the constant reminder resulted in a slight increase in the calorie content of the meals students chose.“They were relying on these labels, and if you took them away, even only for five weeks, they started to drift back,” Lean said. “They clearly did not automatically focus on the [meals] which we knew—but they didn’t know—to be lower in calories. They needed that regular nudge.”Another important finding was that the caterers, who Lean said had been resistant to the labels at the onset of the study, ended up reducing their food costs by a third. “There’s a lot of nonsense out there, people saying that lower-calorie foods or healthier foods are going to be more expensive,” Lean said. “The answer is no. They can be, but they don’t have to be.”While the participants were less apt to choose lower-calorie meals when the labels were removed, the low cost and daily nudging effect that calorie labeling provides may be able to influence long-term changes in consumer food choices, according to the study.“We’re optimists,” Lean said. “Changing the environment on a daily basis results in people eating that little bit less and not gaining weight. I’m quite sure there is an entraining effect, but it’s probably minor. We need a permanent change in the environment of making food choices.”

Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer, the comedy duo of Comedy Central’s acclaimed show “Broad City,” brought their live act to Lincoln Hall, 2424 N. Lincoln Ave. on Nov. 12.

Windy City bows to hilarious ‘Broad City Live’ performance

November 17, 2014

Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson may be known for their Comedy Central show, the hilarious and critically acclaimed comedy “Broad City,” but they proved their unlimited array of talent Nov. 12 at Linco...

R&B artist Jeremih (center) visited Columbia Nov. 12 to speak with students and hold auditions for his upcoming band tour at the Conaway Center in the 1104 S. Wabash Ave. Building. 

Jeremih visits Columbia to recruit talent

November 17, 2014

Renowned R&B artist Jeremih Felton, known as Jeremih, visited Columbia Nov. 12 to recruit potential band members for his upcoming tour and speak with students about his time in the music industry.Felton ...

Eyal Rob, a DJ and university professor from Tel Aviv, spoke to students Nov. 11 about his work, the club culture of Israel and the unifying nature of music.

Israeli DJ shows culture outside news coverage

November 17, 2014

Israeli DJ Eyal Rob visited the college Nov. 11 to give a master class on the music scene in his hometown of Tel Aviv, and the art of sampling traditional media in new music. Rob said a major par...

AEMMP records Day // Night CD release Party | The Columbia Chronice

November 10, 2014

On November 6th Columbia’s Arts & Entertainment Media Management class hosted the Day n’ Night CD release party for their rock artists at Haus in the 623 S. Wabash building.Video By: Christian D....

Australian singer/songwriter Courtney Barnett is quickly making a name for herself as one of the top indie rockers to watch thanks to her wry lyrics and edgy live performances.

Courtney Barnett lets music do talking for her

November 10, 2014

Hailing from Melbourne, Australia, Courtney Barnett is quickly becoming one of the most sought-after singer/songwriters in the indie music scene. Thanks in part to her raspy vocals and carefree live perfo...

Skin-deep smell receptors speed up healing process

Skin-deep smell receptors speed up healing process

November 3, 2014

Olfactory receptors—the type of receptors in the human body responsible for the sense of smell—were first detected outside the nose in 2003. They were found in sperm cells, to be exact. Since then,...

Miss Black Illinois USA | The Columbia Chronicle

November 3, 2014

Miss Black Illinois USA is a branch of the Miss USA pageant specifically focusing on the African-American community. The pageant encourages young black women to strive for excellence in fitness, scholastic ...

The rebirth of Columbia’s Record Label

November 3, 2014

Junior Business & Entrepreneurship Damian Keehn speaks about the “Arts & Entertainment Media Management”, class and Columbia’s record label. He said he hopes to bring awareness of the label and...

California-based pop-punk band New Found Glory has made its mark on its fans, over a 17-year career, culminating in the Oct. 7 release of its eighth studio album Resurrection.

‘My Friends Over You’ singer defines pop-punk genre

November 3, 2014

New Found Glory, a pop-punk band from Coral Springs, Florida, has made its mark on the genre. After the release of its hit song “My Friends Over You” in 2002 and parting with longtime guitarist St...

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