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City announces plan to renovate riverwalk

By The Columbia Chronicle

October 22, 2012

The promenade surrounding the Chicago River will undergo a facelift next year.Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced a plan Oct. 8 to expand the century-old Chicago Riverwalk trail to Lake Street past its current end at Dearborn Street.“[The Chicago Riverwalk] is going to be sort of a signature project for the city and for Chicagoans,” said Peter Scales, a Chicago Department of Transportation spokesman.Scales said the project will be fi...

Poetry program highlights student, faculty work

By The Columbia Chronicle

September 24, 2012

By Tyler Eagle Contributing WriterColumbia’s poetry program kicked off its annual reading series Sept. 19 at Stage Two in the 618 S. Michigan Ave. Building.The readings highlighted the work of two poets, Jill Magi and Kenyatta Rogers, and drew a full audience of students from Columbia and other colleges. Both poets are currently visiting writers in the English Department.Magi a professor at Goddard College in Plainfield,...

Valid Lush to perform at benefit for Chicago HOPES

By Sophia Coleman

May 30, 2012

A local musician and social worker is looking to make his last mark on Chicago HOPES, a nonprofit organization that provides tutoring and enrichment programing to children in homeless shelters, before he leaves to join the Peace Corps.Luis Valadez, 29, a Columbia alumnus with a degree in poetry and program director of Chicago HOPES, will be leaving the organization at the end of June and move to China to teach English. On June ...

Aram Saroyan visits, ‘Four Monologues’ bring unity

By Lisa Schulz

January 30, 2012

Despite the gloom of Russian poets’ thoughts during the Stalinist era, visiting artist Aram Saroyan could be seen smiling amid the audience as Columbia theater students rehearsed for his play’s first theatrical performance.On Jan. 25, Columbia students performed “Four Monologues,” a play based on the lives of four Russian poets, at the Poetry Foundation, 61 W. Superior St. Saroyan, a poet, novelist, playwright and bi...

Funds and spirits raised

By Lisa Schulz

October 31, 2011

Only at Columbia could a night of faculty and staff members voluntarily covered in face paint, fake mustaches and silly masks add up to one of the most productive scholarship fundraisers the college has ever had.Attendees participated in the third annual Faculty and Staff Scholarship fundraiser on Oct. 25 at Stage Two in the 618 S. Michigan Ave. Building. The event included a silent auction, live music and dance, a talent s...

Unheard voices of Ireland

By Amanda Murphy

October 31, 2011

Ireland has long been a country with a robust literary history. With a population smaller than that of Chicagoland area, it has been home to such monumental figures in literature as James Joyce, Oscar Wilde and W.B. Yeats. But rarely have the written voices of women of the diminutive, ancient country been heard.That is why Imagine Ireland, an organization that has focused the last year on bringing Irish art to American audien...

After 25 years, slam poetry still thriving in Chicago

By Brianna Wellen

September 6, 2011

When poet Marc Kelly Smith first thought to incorporate performance with poetry, purists of the art form saw the act as disgraceful. Typical poetry readings at the time consisted of a gathering of artists standing and politely reading their poems, according to Smith. Despite this accepted format and the pushback surrounding any attempts to change it, Smith stepped in and brought his own twist to the medium.“It seemed obvio...

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