The Columbia Chronicle

NATO protest back on

By Kaley Fowler

April 9, 2012

Following a month-long dispute with city officials, a coalition of anti-NATO demonstrators will be allowed to march through downtown May 20 in protest of the upcoming NATO summit.On April 4, city officials granted the Coalition Against the NATO/G8 War & Poverty Agenda, an alliance created to protest the G8 and NATO summits in Chicago, a permit to march from the Petrillo Bandshell in Grant Park to McCormick Place, 2301...

Manifest 2012 ‘pedal-powered’

By Heather Scroering

April 9, 2012

In a few weeks, the main topic of conversation is likely to shift from prioritization, with its many listening forums and layers of recommendations, to the college’s largest and most attractive event of the year, Manifest.This year’s celebration, pushed forward one week to May 4 because of the NATO summit, will see more than 75 showcases, a pedal-powered amusement park and countless other exhibitions featuring the work ...

City keeps peace with Nobel summit

By Vanessa Morton

March 5, 2012

While Chicago prepares for the G8 and NATO summits this May, there is another upcoming event that will mark new ground for the city.History will be made April 23–25 when Chicago is scheduled to host the 12th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates, an international gathering three weeks before world leaders and NATO officials make their appearance this spring.“They’ve had it every year for 12 years in a different city, bu...

City council chamber audience rules are practical

By Editorial Board

February 27, 2012

Chicago City Council meetings can get raucous. That’s why four clout-wielding aldermen, one being longtime Financial Committee Chair Edward Burke (14th Ward), are pushing a proposal that would ban certain forms of audience expression from the council chambers during meetings, including yelling, cheering and whistling, among other vocalizations.In addition, audience members would not be allowed to hold signs or placards during council meeting...

City balancing act

By Vanessa Morton

February 21, 2012

As thousands of protesters, delegates and reporters descend on the streets of Chicago this May during the G-8 and NATO summits, the city must find a way to handle the volatile mix without showing a repressive side to the public.Hoping to bask in the spotlight as it hosts both summits for the first time, Chicago plans to use the opportunity to boost its status as a world-class city and give an exponential boost to its econo...

Chicago passes new restrictions, guidelines for public assembly

By Chris Loeber

January 30, 2012

The City Council has passed amendments to the ordinance that dictates how Chicago handles public assemblies, a move that city officials defend as appropriate and fair. However, those who disagree say it may limit First Amendment rights.In preparation for demonstrations anticipated during the upcoming May G8 and NATO summits, the decision was made by the City Council Jan. 18 to update Chicago’s decades-old parade ordinance...

Columbia plans to remain open during G8/NATO summits

By Heather Scroering

January 23, 2012

While Chicago is buzzing about the G8 and NATO summits that will lock down much of the South Loop from May 1–21, Columbia plans on staying open.The G8 and NATO summits, taking place at McCormick Place, 2301 S. Lake Shore Drive, are expected to attract more than 7,000 delegates and staff, as well as 2,500 journalists from across the globe, according to Jennifer Martinez, press secretary for the Chicago G8 and NATO Host C...

Protesters Restricted

By Kaley Fowler

January 17, 2012

To ensure that things run smoothly when Chicago hosts the G8 and NATO summits this May, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the City Council have spent much time planning for these sometimes controversial events. But it is Emanuel’s most recent initiative to corral protestors that has manyChicagoans outraged.At a Dec. 14 City Council meeting, Emanuel introduced his plan to amend several provisions of the Municipal Code in regard to pro...

Chicago Theatre to host graduation

By Alexandra Kukulka

November 14, 2011

As previously reported in The Chronicle, there have been many changes at Columbia this year, such as prioritization,  a faculty salary freeze and a shortened academic year. Columbia’s latest modification is graduation.The location of the graduation ceremony for May 2012 has been moved from the usual University of Illinois at Chicago Pavilion, 525 S. Racine Ave., to the Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State St. This change is th...

Preliminary plans for NATO, G-8 protests

By Gregory Cappis

September 19, 2011

Thousands of signs and chanting protestors are expected to fill the streets of Chicago in May 2012 during the G-8 and NATO summits.Activists have already begun planning marches and rallies. Various security programs are being put in place to ensure the safety of every person involved. A battle is already looming between the protestors, who want to exercise their First Amendment rights, and Chicago law enforcement, which must make ...

Spring Break Lives

By Darryl Holliday

September 12, 2011

The verdict is in.Spring break is saved, but students planning on taking J-Term courses in January will need to be open to changes due to the G-8 and NATO summits being held in the Loop in May 2012.The J-Term slot has been condensed from its usual three weeks down to two weeks. J-Term classes will now be held Jan. 3–14, with the number of hours spent in class varying depending on the number of credit hours offered.Spring ...

Advanced planning is necessary for NATO, G-8 summits

By Editorial Board

September 12, 2011

The G-8 and NATO summits are scheduled to take place in Chicago at the same time as Columbia’s Commencement ceremony. While the city should be honored to play host to such important global events, they are causing what could have been completely avoidable problems for the school’s student body had the necessary stepsbeen taken.These summits are planned years in advance, and the announcement that Chicago would host both simultaneously ...

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