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Fourth Amendment, due process are necessary, not optional

By Luke Wilusz

April 25, 2011

The U.S. Department of Justice is asking Congress for the right to ignore the First Amendment.A coalition of Internet service providers and other groups called Digital Due Process—which includes Google Inc., the American Civil Liberties Union and the Electronic Frontier Foundation—has been lobbying to update the 1986 Electronic Communications Privacy Act. Government and law enforcement officials currently require no probab...

Monitoring redistricting reform

By Editorial Board

December 13, 2010

Once the 2010 Census results are finalized, the scramble to redraw legislative districts will begin. The process is notorious nationwide for back-door deals, secrets and gerrymandering. District lines are based on which communities politicians want included in their voter base.On Dec. 1, the Illinois Senate passed the Redistricting Transparency and Public Participation Act, a reform package designed to have the public more inv...

‘The Next Three Days’ film review

By Cristina Aguirre

November 15, 2010

In the film “The Next Three Days,” Laura Brennan (Elizabeth Banks) is arrested and found guilty for murdering her boss. She’s given a life sentence without parole, but, of course, insists she’s innocent. After it becomes apparent Laura will never be freed from prison, her husband John (Russell Crowe) tasks himself with breaking her out and fleeing the country with their young son in tow. The Chronicle's film critic,...

Students respond to simple communication

By Editorial Board

November 8, 2010

Reaching 11,992 students is a challenge our Student Affairs Office tackles quite well. The Student Loop was ranked second in the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators 2010 Excellence Awards. While similar programs at other colleges garner 10 to 20 percent average readership, The Loop has more than 40 percent.Although impressive compared to other schools, it is disheartening that less than half of the student bod...

Alumni exhibit raises breast cancer awareness

By Cristina Aguirre

October 11, 2010

Vibrant colored boob prints and art work framed the wall, and a half-naked mannequin stands by the large window of Cafe Mestizo, 1738 W. Pilsen. In their first act of exhibitionism, four former Columbia students embraced femininity through Querida production's first event "Ella," an exhibit dedicated in female empowerment and hopes in raising awareness for breast cancer....

Students, faculty, staff welcome competition

By JeffGraveline

May 3, 2010

During the fall semester, the Fitness, Athletics and Recreation office, or F.A.R., rescheduled Fall Field Day several times due to inclement weather. However, that didn’t stop F.A.R. and the Renegades, Columbia’s student athletics organization, from hosting the main event of Fall Field Day at a different venue.At the grand opening of the shared gym space at South Loop Elementary, 1212 S. Plymouth Court, the faculty/st...

Renegades board preps for next year with election

By JeffGraveline

March 29, 2010

Columbia College’s student athletics is about to get new leadership, sort of. With an upcoming election for new Renegades board, including two returning members, the board will continue its work to bring sports into the college’s forefront.The Fitness, Athletics and Recreation, F.A.R., office, which is under the direction of Mark Brticevich, oversees the Renegades.The Renegades board, a group of elected student official...

Renegades baseball ready for new season

By JeffGraveline

March 15, 2010

After months of winter waiting, baseball season has finally arrived in Chicago. The weather is warm enough for teams across the city to take to the fields and dugouts to play America’s pastime once again. Even here at Columbia, the Renegades men’s baseball team picked up its bats and gloves, ready to begin the new season.Since the beginning of the spring semester, the baseball team has been busy working out at the 731 S. ...

Grand beginning at new gym space

By JeffGraveline

February 1, 2010

For Columbia students who have wanted a new space to play basketball, volleyball or any other activity that needs gym space, the wait is finally over.After losing the Herman Crown Center at Roosevelt University in April 2008, Columbia students had nowhere to shoot hoops or participate in any activity that didn’t involve a weight room.That has now changed, as South Loop Elementary, located at 1212 S. Plymouth Court, has been opened to Columbia and Roosevelt students.“The gym is going to open four days a week from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. for intramurals and whatever else [the two schools] plan to use it for,” said Cathy Smith, a representative for South Loop Elementary. “[School activities] end at 6, that’s why [the colleges] have the gym from 6 to 10.”After final negotiations ironed out all the details between Columbia, Roosevelt and South Loop Elementary, gym space officially opened Jan. 25 to students of Columbia and Roosevelt. Opening ceremonies are planned for Feb. 9.“In the fall semester, we started with the new gym at Plymouth Court,” said Mark Brticevich, coordinator of Fitness, Athletics and Recreation at Columbia. “But we really didn’t have the real grand, grand opening. We intend on doing that Feb. 9.”Inside the gym is a full-sized basketball court, with a raised stage off to one sideline that can be used for several purposes. The basketball court has planned use by both Columbia and Roosevelt as a space for intramural teams and open gym time for both schools.“Our kids have the same needs … they want to have fitness opportunities and I think they can do them in the same spaces together,” Michael Cassidy, athletic director at Roosevelt University, told The Chronicle in the Oct. 12, 2009 issue.While plans are still tentative about specific times that the two schools will be able to use the gym for their intramural clubs, open gym time is taking place every Monday through Thursday.Although the gym may have only been open for a short time, that hasn’t stopped students from making use of the space, according to Brticevich, who said the gym is getting “a fair amount of people” every night.“We’re just finalizing our schedule for intramurals and things of that nature,” Brticevich said. “We are going to be doing intramural volleyball and I think we’re going to do intramural dodgeball this semester. Then the days we aren’t doing intramurals, we’re going to have it open for basketball or volleyball.”As specific plans for how and when to use the gym remain up in the air, there is one definite plan in place: the use of the gym Feb. 9 for its “Grand Opening” to students and faculty.The facility will be open during its normal hours of operation for college students, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., and will have several events for both faculty and students from both Columbia and Roosevelt to take part in.“We’re going to have food and refreshments there,” Brticevich said. “We are going to do the staff/faculty vs. student volleyball game, both for Roosevelt and Columbia and then the winners of that will play each other to see who has bragging rights. Then we’re going to do a 3-on-3 basketball tournament. We’re going to do dollar raffles and things like that. All the proceeds from the raffles and the entry fee for the basketball tournament will go to Haiti.”For more information about the new gym visit For information about Fitness, Athletics and Recreation, find the Renegades on Facebook by searching Columbia College Athletics (Renegades).

Renegades can’t stop Trolls

By JeffGraveline

November 9, 2009

The Columbia Renegades men’s basketball team opened its season Nov. 4 on the road at Trinity Christian College.  The Renegades have a new coach and a new game plan this season, but the result of their first game remained the same as many games from last season: The Renegades were crushed by the Trolls.After staying with the Trolls for the entire first half, the Renegades couldn’t manage the same production in the sec...

Students, faculty, staff prep for Fall Field Day

By JeffGraveline

October 12, 2009

The faculty/staff vs. students volleyball rivalry resumes and headlines Columbia’s third annual Fall Field Day. Students, friends and family members are being invited to Grant Park’s Upper Hutchinson Field to participate.The event will feature sports and activities throughout the day with the students vs. staff/faculty volleyball match starting at 3 p.m.The faculty/staff team, undefeated in two matches against the students, ...

Renegades basketball ready to step up this season

By JeffGraveline

October 5, 2009

After last season’s woes and financial trouble, the Columbia College Renegades basketball team is heading in a new direction.With the addition of 2007 Columbia grad, Head Coach Joseph Phillips, his hard- nosed conditioning program and a strong summer season under their belts, the Renegades are prepared to show that they’re not to be taken lightly on the court or in the paint anymore.“We’re going to take this thing...

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