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How To: Plan a Vacation

By Dannis Valera

November 19, 2012

As the semester winds down, winter break gets closer and closer. Although a lot of people spend the time at home, it also is prime vacation time. The Chronicle sat with Christie Andersen, the Career Development Specialist at Columbia's Portfolio Center, and asked her for some tips.

Admissions policy needs less generosity

By Editorial Board

September 24, 2012

Enrollment for Columbia’s fall semester is down 842 students. A good number of those–310 students–did not return because of a failure to meet academic standards. Seemingly, there are students who are unable to keep up with the college’s expectations, and this might have to do with the school’s admission policy.Columbia accepts more than 80 percent of its applicants, according to its website. This is actually not t...

The Olivia Tremor Control sends shockwaves through Pitchfork

By Sophia Coleman

July 17, 2012

By Sophia Coleman & Heather SchröeringHailing from the deep south of Athens, Ga., indie psych-rock legends The Olivia Tremor Control took to the stage on the opening day of Pitchfork Music Festival and managed to chase away the gloomy weather during their enchanting and experimental set list.OTC is comprised of six multi-talented musicians—Bill Doss, guitar, vocals and percussion; Will  Cullen Hart, guitar and voc...

Outer Minds takes Pitchfork audience to another era

By Sophia Coleman

July 17, 2012

By  Heather Schröering & Sophia ColemanGet ready to pile into the old Volkswagen Transporter because Chicago’s Outer Minds are always ready to take you on a trip straight back to the flower-filled, dreamtastic decade of the The Sixties. And that’s exactly what they did at their first-ever Pitchfork Music Festival performance on July 13 for a crowd of more than 100.The five-member band—which was born more than two ...

Pitchfork promises weekend of indie music, introduces new activities

By Sophia Coleman

July 10, 2012

The season of massive crowds, outdoor art exhibits and great music is upon the city, and one of the most affordable and diverse music festivals is only days away.Pitchfork, an independent music publication, is gearing up for its seventh annual music festival, which takes place in the West Loop at Union Park July 13-15. The line up will feature nearly 50 acts, including popular indie artists such as Feist, Sleigh Bells, Bea...

Someone You Should Know: Janelle “Ja” Gilbert

By Lisa Schulz

November 14, 2011

After living on a tight budget and enduring the four years of indecision about choosing a journalism or interior architecture degree to please her mother, Janelle “Ja” Gilbert finally found her beat in music and made a pact to give back to the community.The 2006 alumna released her first EP, “Laura’s Daughter,” on iTunes,, and in physical form on Oct. 16, the latter sponsored by the Illinois...

Columbia honorary degree recipients talk future

By Amanda Murphy

April 18, 2011

For Ryan Schreiber, founder and CEO of Pitchfork Media, receiving an honorary degree means a lot more than giving a speech and sporting formal wear. Schreiber, who never attended college, will tell any Columbia student the importance of the knowledge, training and opportunities a degree provides. He will not downplay the struggles he faced starting up his music publication with what he says was barely a high school diplom...

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