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College takes runway in local fashion competition

Alumnus Alexander Knox won the Chicago Fashion Foundation’s annual fashion competition last year while he was a student. This year, eight Columbia students will compete.

By Lauren Kostiuk

March 30, 2015

Following months of preparation, eight Columbia students will participate in Chicago Fashion Foundation’s 8th Annual Fashion Design Competition and Fashion Show.Fourteen fashion students from across ...

Lead singer Leah Wellbaum, bassist Kyle Bann and drummer Will Gorin form the Brooklyn-based rock trio Slothrust, who draws its influence from bands like Nirvana.

Slothrust brings ‘Juice’ to grunge sound

February 16, 2015

Slothrust, a Brooklyn-based trio consisting of lead singer and guitarist Leah Wellbaum, bassist Kyle Bann and drummer Will Gorin, infuses Nirvana-like raw emotion while putting its own original spin on the g...

The Vaselines

The Vaselines heal Chicago

January 26, 2015

When is enough actually enough? Bands like The Rolling Stones have been playing for more than 50 years and U2 has been at it since 1976, yet both bands are still touring and releasing new music. The l...

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...

'Frank' woos audiences with big heart, big head

‘Frank’ woos audiences with big heart, big head

September 8, 2014

While “Frank,” a new comedy about fame, music and social media by Irish director Lenny Abrahamson, is supremely quirky in the best indie tradition, its performances, humor and deep themes broaden its a...

A delectable dessert

Funfetti Brownies

January 27, 2014

There are many choices to be made throughout the day: cream or sugar, paper or plastic, cake or brownies. To me, the latter decision is the hardest. But thanks to YouTube personality Grace Helbig, forme...

March Against Poverty

By Jessica Mattison

December 3, 2012

Workers on Michigan Ave get paid a low wage of $8.25 an hour. This is not enough to support their families, so they are coming together to form a union. They are requesting that their wage be raised to $15 an hour because they believe the corporations they work for can afford that.

Who’s your radical?

By The Columbia Chronicle

November 7, 2011

by Pamela McKuenJournalism and first-year seminar adjunct professorI grew up in a place where dreams ran small: rain for the corn crops, a win for the high school basketball team on Friday night and a blue ribbon for the dress I entered in the 4-H fair. Few women worked outside the home. If anything, they were teachers, nurses or secretaries. My father resisted, but my mother got a job as a typist so I could go to college. That’s where I discovered Cosmopolitan magazine and thewomen’s movement.These entities aren’t as oppositional as they might seem. My radical, Helen Gurley Brown, was the longtime editor-in-chief of Cosmo, as the publication is affectionately known to readers. But she didn’t start out that way. She spent many years as a secretary and a copywriter before authoring the then-sensational and best-selling “Sex and the Single Girl” in 1962. Three years later, she took the helm of Cosmopolitan, and she steered it for 32 years.Brown, who married when she was 37, celebrated women and the single lifestyle. She urged us to pursue big careers, to be financially independent, and to enjoy sex and lots of it—but only when we chose to, and when fully protected. She championed birth control when it was frowned-on and abortion when it was illegal. She promoted inner strength and outer beauty.Unlike her bra-burning contemporaries and often scorned by them, she delivered her message of freedom and choice while dressed in Diane von Furstenberg wrap dresses and high-heeled pumps. And no one from my generation will forget the infamous nude centerfold in Cosmopolitan of actor and heart-throb Burt Reynolds, with one hand delicately draped in front of his delicates.The magazine was, for many years, my personal instruction manual in both life and eyeliner application. When I launched my career as an independent journalist, I took its encouragement to heart. Yes, you can do this, it said issue after issue. I came to believe.In more ways than one, my life has paralleled that of my radical. I, too, was a secretary and a copywriter. I went on to write magazine and newspaper features, and have been published in dozens of national and regional consumer, trade, association and special interest publications. I marched for abortion rights in Washington, D.C., with the National Organization for Women. I compiled a stock portfolio and bought a sports car. I wore stilettos. Then I got married.

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