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Upcoming theater season puts Chicago on Mainstage

By Ivana Hester

October 15, 2012

The curtain is rising on the Theatre Department’s 2012-2013 Mainstage Season, which will explore different Chicago themes.All of the plays have elements of satire and are linked to Chicago either by setting or contributor, said Albert Williams, a senior lecturer in the Theatre Department.“[The department] wanted this season to be about Chicago because we wanted to educate the public and our students about this wonderfu...

Cheer team to perform at Manifest

By Lindsey Woods

April 23, 2012

Music and dance are not new to Manifest, but the Renegades cheerleading squad will combine the two with traditional cheer-style tumbling to bring additional spirit to this year’s campuswide celebration on May 4.This is the first year the Renegades squad will perform at Manifest. Its routine will kick off at 2 p.m. on the stage located in the Nexus Lot at the corner of South Wabash and East Balbo avenues.“We have stunts ...

Discussing baseball with Bowman

By Lindsey Woods

April 16, 2012

If there is one sports team at Columbia that students know, it’s the baseball team. Mark Kelly, vice president of Student Affairs, has been known to bring up the Renegades baseball team during freshman tours and orientation speeches, never forgetting to mention the championship they won in 2004.Despite its relative anonymity, the team still plays and has just started its spring season. Although The Renegades lost their o...

‘If you can play, you can play’: New initiative teams up with NHL to support gay athletes

By Lindsey Woods

April 9, 2012

Locker rooms are known for two things: sweatiness and shenanigans. But for gay athletes, they can be a place of shame and exclusion.Eric Berndt, Chicago Dragons rugby player and openly gay athlete, said he experienced “casual homophobia” in the locker rooms during his time competing at both the University of Chicago and in high school.“In both situations, casual remarks about who’s an ‘F-word’ and ‘this is s...

Renegades host first athletic film festival

By Lindsey Woods

March 19, 2012

Some think of sports as art and of athletes as artists, with their bodies as the paintbrush and the field as their canvas. But combining more traditional models of art and athletic style is never an easy feat. The Columbia Renegades are always looking to do just that, and their latest endeavor aims to showcase sports on the big screen.The Renegades are currently accepting submissions for their first Athletic Film Festival, inspired b...

New buildings threaten Renegades

By Lindsey Woods

March 12, 2012

There are usually casualties when a long-term relationship ends, such as favorite DVDs or a pair of the coziest sweatpants. In the case of Columbia and Roosevelt University’s athletic partnership, however, the losses are imminent even though the relationship remains intact.Roosevelt’s modern, mirrored building erected at 425 S. Wabash Ave., and the relatively unbroken ground of the lot at the southeast corner of Wabash ...

‘Rockin’ with the Renegades’

By Nader Ihmoud

March 5, 2012

The Renegades want their peers at Columbia to come rock with them March 8 at the Conaway Center, 1104 S. Wabash Ave., from 7 – 9 p.m.The first ever “Rockin’ with the Renegades” is a party that has been two years in the making. The non-formal event put on by the student-run organization will allow students to meet and greet athletes, win prizes and eat free food.“I like the fact that we are incorporating music, games...

Women’s lacrosse gets second chance

By Lindsey Woods

March 5, 2012

One Columbia freshman has more than lint in her pocket. She also cradles the remnants of a failed endeavor and the drive and hope for a more successful enterprise.That pocket, of course, being the one in her lacrosse stick.Sarah Kotnik, freshman double major in marketing communication and American sign language, has the ball rolling on restarting a women’s lacrosse team with the Renegades. Although the athletics departm...

Diamond in the Rough: The undocumented history of baseball at Columbia

By Lindsey Woods

February 27, 2012

Digging through Columbia’s archives, one finds hints of a baseball team: a brief mention in The Chronicle, a passing note on the website or just whispers in the hallway from students who know a friend of a friend who may have been on the fabled baseball team. But the championship flag of 2004 that once hung in the basement of the Alexandroff Campus Center, 600 S. Michigan Ave., has disappeared.The archives don’t tell the story ...

High hopes for Columbia basketball

By Nader Ihmoud

February 13, 2012

Despite having a low profile on campus, the Columbia Renegades men’s basketball team holds its head up high as it works to develop a respectable program.The team has 13 roster spots to work with. Head Coach Joseph Phillips said he will keep five of those available for player-coaches and future recruits. The team’s captains are sophomore music major Oscar Chatman and freshman music major Brian Byrd.“[The team is] com...

Sports in the springtime

By Lindsey Woods

December 12, 2011

The end of a sports season usually means excitement and big competition, such as bowl games, play-offs and fierce competition. For the Renegades, the end of the semester has a more subtle culmination. There will be no “big game,” but the Renegades are planning some game-changers for the upcoming spring season.It has been a busy semester for the Renegades, with the addition of women’s basketball, men’s basketball, ...

Cheer team ready to bring it on

By Nader Ihmoud

December 5, 2011

With the growth of Columbia’s sports program, the Renegades staff has made an extra effort this year to legitimize the teams and programs. After cheer team captain, Brooke Burgert, sophomore film and video major, turns in the recognition packet for the cheer team, and the Renegades’ board members review and approve it, the team will be official, according to Abby Cress, vice president of the Renegades.Until the Renegades...

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