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Homeless students invisible on college campuses

By Alexandra Kukulka

November 5, 2012

During the 2011 blizzard, dubbed the “Snowpocalypse,” most college students were busy partying indoors as snow piled up outside. However, one student spent those days huddled at a bus stop, trying to stay warm.With his clean shirt and jeans, trimmed hair and bright smile, it isn’t obvious that Aaron James Flowers, a junior radio student who also goes by Jay Babii SwagLoud, was recently homeless. But Flowers is just on...

Absent mayor, active community

By The Columbia Chronicle

October 29, 2012

As the City Council’s Nov. 15 deadline to approve the 2013 budget looms, a group of aldermen is seeking to narrow the divide that has emerged between the council and the public that emerged after Mayor Rahm Emanuel cancelled the traditional public budget forums.The Progressive Caucus of the Chicago City Council, which was formed in 2011, is composed of core City Council members including aldermen Bob Fioretti (2nd), John Ar...

Faith groups oppose Obamacare mandate

By Hallie Zolkower-Kutz

October 29, 2012

Hundreds of protestors gathered in the Loop Oct. 20 to voice opposition to the Affordable Care Act’s Health and Human Services Mandate, which requires all employer health care plans, including some religious organizations, to provide female employees with free birth control, sterilization and emergency contraceptives.Approximately 100 rallies were organized nationwide by the Stand Up for Religious Freedom Coalition. The ralli...

Local coalition demands elected school board

By Contributing Writer

October 26, 2012

by Elizabeth Earl, Contributing WriterA citywide coalition of parent, community and teacher organizations is partnering with the Chicago Teachers Union in an effort to pass a referendum for an elected school board in Chicago Public Schools.The group, Communities Organized for Democracy in Education, hosted a town hall meeting Oct. 23 at the Logan Square Auditorium, 2539 N. Kedzie Blvd., at which a panel with strong views on loc...

Renegades soccer starts season with shutout

By Brandon Smith

October 22, 2012

With a victory already under its belt, the Renegades soccer team is optimistic this will be its best season to date.The team pulled off a 3-0 shutout victory Oct. 14 against the Irish Keepers club team. The Renegades hope the opener will set the tone for the rest of the season, team captain Juan Rangel said.“Last season, we had a really bad go at it,” he said. “But this year we have done a better job of organizing the ...

Northwestern continues dominance, Loyola looks to bounce back

By Nader Ihmoud

October 18, 2012

Contributing Writer: Doug PitorakIt seems that no part of Chicago was left dry, and Rogers Park was no exception on Oct. 17.Like the unrelenting rain that engulfed Loyola Soccer Park all evening, the Northwestern University Wildcats men’s soccer team relied on a persistent offensive attack to defeatthe Loyola University Ramblers 2-0 and move to 10-2-2 on the season.Rainstorms like that often make for a sloppy game, but although ...

Wildcats upset top-ten opponent at home

By Nader Ihmoud

October 10, 2012

Despite the gusting winds, the Northwestern University Wildcats were able to fend off the No. 7 ranked University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish 2-1 on Oct. 9 at Lakeside Field.Early on, the Wildcats were aggressive on offense, scoring both goals in the first 20 minutes of the game. Freshman forward Joey Calistri broke out of his slump with a goal and an assist on the game-clinching goal, by junior midfielder Lepe Seetane....

Olympian pulls Rutgers past DePaul on the road

By James Foster

October 8, 2012

The Rutgers University Scarlet Knights needed only an extra 39 seconds of playing time to defeat the DePaul University Blue Demons 1-0 on Oct. 5 at Wish Field.Less than a minute into the 10-minute overtime period, Rutgers’ junior forward Jonelle Filigno finally broke free of the stern Blue Demon’s defense, scoring her 10th goal of the season.“We didn’t track a runner into the box and they slipped a nice pass [to Filigno] and the kid that finished, she’s going to finish that chance,” said DePaul Blue Demons’ head coach Erin Chastain. “She’s that level of a player.”Filigno has played at the Olympics twice, most recently on Canada’s team when it won the bronze-medal in the 2012 London games. She appeared on the Olympic roster for the first time in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.The Blue Demons had a strong defensive plan for Rutgers’ star forward, keeping her quiet for the entire regulation.“We just tried to be physical and prevent [Filigno] from facing up and running at us because that’s where she’s really dangerous, and [we wanted to] limit her shot opportunities,” Chastain said. “I thought we did a good job [but] obviously we lost track of her on the [overtime] goal.”DePaul held the Canadian forward to only one-shot attempt during the first 90 minutes, but could not contain Filigno at all during the overtime period.Despite Chastain’s disappointment in her team’s effort during the “golden goal” period, she said they had a good game and did a great job of playing with energy early on.“That was our game plan, to come out with a lot of energy and intensity and to have a great start, and I thought we did that,” Chastain said.The Blue Demons’ head coach also credited her team’s fast start to the elementary school students in the stands. The DePaul Blue Demons athletic department offers free tickets and bus services to several games a year, including women’s basketball and men’s soccer games.Belmont-Cragin Elementary School, William F. Finkl Academy, Claremont Academy Elementary and Saint Clement School attended in the Oct. 5 game.“The energy and environment was really great for our girls and we’d love to have that many kids out at all our games, but its great that those schools were able to come out and support us and watch a soccer game,” Chastain said. “Hopefully [the children] will aspire to be like one of [the Blue Demons].”The Blue Demons have to regroup quickly for another Big East conference opponent Oct. 7, when Seton Hall visits Wish Field at 1 p.m.“All these games in the Big East are tough grinds, and the Sunday games are always hard,” Chastain said. “We recognize that we threw away a good opportunity to get points today, and we got to go out and get ‘em on Sunday.”

Columbia participates in ‘Tartan Arts in the Avenue’

By Ivana Hester

October 1, 2012

Colossal golf balls served as canvases for several Columbia students, alumni, faculty and staff members whose artwork is displayed on Michigan Avenue in conjunction with the 2012 Ryder Cup, an international golf tournament played Sept. 25–30 in Medinah, Ill.The exhibition, “Tartan Art on the Avenue,” began Sept. 15 as part of a larger campaign developed by the Ronald McDonald House Charities and the Illinois PGA Found...

Columbia offers for-credit, non-credit fitness classes

By Kyle Rich

October 1, 2012

The fall semester is underway, and Columbia is again ensuring students have plenty of options for staying healthy and fit.The Office of Student Engagement offers a variety of weekly exercise classes for the mind and body at the Fitness Center, 731 S. Plymouth Court. As in previous years, they are free of cost. Columbia also offers similar classes for credit, which can leave some to wonder which option is best.Fall fitness cla...

Columbia celebrates Constitution

By Senah Yeboah-Sampong

September 24, 2012

Free copies of the U.S. Constitution and light refreshments drew Columbia students to the voter registration tables in the Wabash Campus Building, 623 S. Wabash Ave., on Sept. 17.The tables were part of We the PPL, an event hosted by Student Financial Services, the Columbia Urban Music Association, the college library and the Humanities, History and Social Sciences Department in recognition of the 225th celebration of Constitution D...

Senate hearing looks to expose domestic extremism

By The Columbia Chronicle

September 24, 2012

In response to the Aug. 5 attack on a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wis. that left six dead and four wounded, members of the U.S. Senate and the victims’ families are seeking to strengthen laws already in place for prosecuting hate crimes in America.Members of the Council on American-Islamic Relations arranged a viewing of the Senate’s hearing on hate crimes and domestic extremism at their headquarters, 28 E. Jackson Blvd., on Sep...

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