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March 31, 2014

Professor Marius Mandragore fancies himself a modern-day Viking. A professor of occult studies who has a degree in philosophy and history from Oxford, the soft-spoken actor has a penchant for embroider...

It’s the Great Exhibit, Charlie Brown

By Trevor Ballanger

November 19, 2012

Since its debut in the Chicago Tribune and other newspapers in 1950, “Peanuts,” written and illustrated by Charles Schulz, has become one of the most beloved and recognizable comic strips in history. Over time, “Peanuts” characters have come to life through animated TV specials and theater productions. Now, nearly 70 years later, a new generation of Chicagoans can experience Charlie Brown and the gang in an exhibit th...

Meet Columbia’s safety specialist

By Alexandra Kukulka

November 12, 2012

As Columbia’s campus continues to expand, a newly created position in the Office of Campus Safety & Security has been filled.Susan Rizer is the college’s new environmental health and safety coordinator, a job created just for her. She has been charged with carrying out the College Safety Plan, which requires her to visit each department and conduct safety assessments, to discover what safety hazards are present.Acco...

CTA starts Red Line North renovations, temporarily closes some stations

By Lindsey Woods

May 29, 2012

Chicago Transit Authority Red Line riders will have to allow for a couple extra commuting minutes, as several Red Line stations will be closing temporarily starting June 1. The closures come as the CTA starts its $86 million project aimed at improving some of the older Red Line stations, according to a press release.The station rehabilitations are a part of the CTA’s Red Line Capital Investments initiative, announced las...

Columbia program cuts require cautious approach

By Editorial Board

February 13, 2012

Columbia is often lauded by its own administration as the best arts and media college in the country. But according to the academic rankings published in The Chronicle on Feb. 6, Columbia will be downsizing its degree programs in the near future by eliminating portions of several departments. While discontinuing certain degree programs is the most logical course of action for our cash-strapped college, administrators must u...

Too good for the rest of us

By Samuel Charles

November 14, 2011

I’m as guilty as anyone when it comes to having my cell phone out on the train. Some combination of Words with Friends, iTunes, texting and my free crossword puzzle app usually graces my iPhone’s screen. But it seems like every time there’s a piece in the news about someone being held up on the train for their phone, it’s almost always one of the Apple variety. You’d think that would make me more leery and aware of...

Renovation stations

By Vanessa Morton

October 10, 2011

El riders will see two more changes in their daily travels as the Chicago Transit Authority and Chicago Department of Transportation go forward with a number of large construction projects.Both agencies have worked together for 15 years in an effort to modernize subway stations throughout the Loop.Brian Steele, CDOT spokesman, said the CTA has been working with CDOT on a multi-year program that has been renovating numerous stati...

Blue days for city transit lines

By Kristen Franzen

January 31, 2011

After nearly a century of service, the northern portions of the Red and Purple lines have outlived their predictable useful service life, according to the Chicago Transit Authority.The CTA proposes to make improvements on both lines, which together provide an average of 128,000 rail trips per weekday to neighborhoods along the north lake shore.The Red and Purple lines were constructed from 1900 to 1922 and, according to the CTA...

Board will extend president’s contract

By Drew Hunt

November 22, 2010

In his 10th year as Columbia president, Warrick L. Carter has signed a contract extension that will ensure his leadership through the 2014 academic year.The decision, which was announced in a press release on Nov. 8, was reached unanimously by the college’s Board of Trustees during the summer.“The trustees are generally very happy with Dr. Carter’s work,” said Len Strazewski, associate journalism professor and facul...

Apple to improve Red Line station

By Patrick Smith

October 31, 2009

An agreement between the Chicago Transit Authority and Apple Inc. will bring nearly $4 million in improvements to the rundown North and Clybourn Red Line station, while giving the computer giant a chance to blanket the stop with Apple advertising and possibly rename it.In the agreement, Apple pledged nearly $4 million for the renovation of the interior and exterior of the station. In exchange, the CTA will lease the driveway next t...

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