The Columbia Chronicle

About fUGGin’ time

By Sophia Coleman

November 5, 2012

Sorry sorority girls, but I’ve heard glorious news: The era of UGG boots may finally be coming to an end.The company reported Oct. 25 that sales are down 31 percent and it plans to slash prices. A pair of the sheepskin atrocities currently costs between $135–$200, a hefty price for marshmallow-shaped feet soaked in winter slush.“The worst is yet to come,” Sam Poser, an analyst at brokerage firm Sterne Agee, told the Huffington Post ...

High art: Artists explore link between drugs, creativity

By Emily Ornberg

November 5, 2012

The first drawing in Bryan Lewis Saunders’ sketchbook was a self-portrait created for a design course during his sophomore year at East Tennessee State University. When he was finished, he decided the remaining class assignments were pointless because he had discovered what he wanted to do for the rest of his life.Since March 30, 1995, Saunders, 43, has created more than 8,700 self-portraits using varied textures, tools ...

New age for Local Historians

By Brian Dukerschein

December 12, 2011

Acoustic folk musician and Columbia senior Zach Harris, 22, knows how to make music with limited resources. In 2009 and 2010, he used borrowed microphones and his laptop to record two self-penned albums in his bedroom under the moniker Birds and Kings. In 2011, Harris released his third album, “Apartment Sessions I,” as Zachary Gunn & the Local Historians, which features his new wife and Columbia alumna, Elspeth Ryan...

Earth, worms, rats feed off compost

By Lisa Schulz

November 14, 2011

Earth wasn’t the only consumer benefiting from Columbia’s compost project launch in August 2011. Rats were also curious to explore the mix of fresh sandwich scraps, apple cores, leaves, soil and coffee grounds. But as winter arrives, critters shouldn’t.The Recycling Outreach Program’s new compost project was first put into action at Columbia events, like new student Convocation. College cafes were added to the food wa...

Reuse, expand, recycle: plastic bag intiative

By Lisa Schulz

October 3, 2011

In a vast room cluttered with various creations of reused materials, a dumpster piled high and green plastic bags stuffed with balled-up grocery bags towered over Neale Baldyga, who brandished the master machine that removes contaminants from recyclables: his hands.Despite the dirty work, Baldyga, Colu-mbia’s recycling outreach coordinator, and the nine-member recycling program staff continue to encourage students to contr...

Columbia starts hydro farming

By Katy Nielsen

November 29, 2010

Columbia is pushing for more green spaces this year, and the next project includes windowfarms and the possibility of an outdoor garden.Lena Milcarek, senior marketing communication major, presented her video about urban farming at Chicago’s GreenTown Conference 2010. The problem with farming in Chicago is the climate, Milcarek said.“Windowfarming is the answer to growing food in the winter,” she said.Windowfarms use re...

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