The Columbia Chronicle


Record Row remembered

By Amanda Murphy

February 20, 2012

On any day in the early 1950s, South Michigan Avenue between Roosevelt and Cermak roads radiated with the music of the Mississippi Delta. Top recording artists crowded the restaurants and walked the Cadillac-lined streets, bringing music like gospel, jazz, soul and blues to the ears of anyone who wanted to listen. This was Record Row.It was a time when African-American musicians were finally able to be heard by a wide audience. Men...

‘I wanna dance with your money’

By Luke Wilusz

February 20, 2012

Legendary singer Whitney Houston was found dead Feb. 11 in a hotel bathtub. The very next day, Sony increased the wholesale price of her records in the UK, which in turn caused the iTunes price to go up automatically. The recording giant later claimed this was a “mistake”and apologized.If this was an accident, it was an awfully damn convenient one, with such uncanny timing that one would be well within reason to sugges...

Second level program rankings complete

By Heather Scroering

February 13, 2012

As the semester zooms further into February, the prioritization process is keeping up the pace as the Support and Operations offices completed the second phase of the Program Information Request rankings.Ranked by the vice presidents of each program, PIRs were scored using the identical criteria to what was used by the associate vice presidents who first ranked the forms, as previously reported by The Chronicle on Jan. 17. ...

Rahm turns page again, reopens libraries

By Aviva Einhorn

January 30, 2012

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and recently resigned Chicago Public Library Commissioner Mary Dempsey announced Jan. 20 that libraries will soon see another modification to CPL branch hours. Although Dempsey’s resignation came in the midst of CPL controversy, she told the Chicago Tribune her decision was not affected by recent events.Despite the mayor’s initiative to close library branches on Mondays because of budget cuts, as reporte...

CTA railcars should stay in spotlight

By Editorial Board

January 30, 2012

New Chicago Transit Authority train cars, paid for with $1.14 billion of taxpayer money, were pulled from the Pink Line in December 2011 after CTA authorities found quality defects in a crucial part provided by the parts supplier to the new cars’ manufacturer.The CTA is making the mistake of concealing aspects of the quality testing process from the public. If Chicago is truly striving for transparency and an improved e...

Hull House closes, legacy continues

By Kaley Fowler

January 30, 2012

Since 1962, the Jane Addams Hull House Association, 1030 W. Van Buren St., has served Chicago as a major social service provider, carrying on the legacy of Jane Addams, an early pioneer of social work. However, because of the city’s economic struggles, one of its most influential landmarks has come to an end.The organization served approximately 60,000 Chicagoans annually through more than 50 social service programs. On...

Redistricting may be done, but bigger problems remain

By Samuel Charles

January 23, 2012

Well, it’s finally over.Chicago’s decennial tradition of redrawing the 50 ward boundaries has come and gone once again. While the new map passed with a 41-8 vote in the City Council Jan. 19, it wasn’t without struggle, and its effect will be felt for years to come.With a substantial decrease in the Caucasian and African-American populations, as well as a sizeable influx of Latino residents, the new map is much more reflective of C...

Columbia, China to exchange art, students

By Lisa Schulz

January 23, 2012

From intricately painted colorful dragons to washed-out, tie-dyed paper dresses with skirts lined in crisp Chinese lettering, each piece of artwork from the art and design freshmen at Jiujiang University in China told a story of their past.The “Tell me a story.” exhibition opened Jan. 17 and will continue until Jan. 27 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., in the Center for Book and Paper Arts at the Conaway Center, 1104 S. Wabash ...

Help thy neighbor

By Chris Loeber

January 17, 2012

Though Chicago has not yet experienced a winter like last year’s, city officials have launched an initiative to encourage goodwill and cooperation among residents in preparation for any upcoming severe winter, a new website that connects volunteers with residents who need help shoveling snow, was launched on Jan. 3 by the city’s Department of Innovation and Technology.This year, the city could see ...

Pride vs. church

By Lauryn Smith

December 12, 2011

Parade-goers will be celebrating two hours earlier at next year’s Gay and Lesbian Pride Parade—potentially disrupting the services at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 708 W. Belmont Ave.Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church has petitioned against the 43rd annual Pride Parade’s new route and start time for 2012. The route calls for the parade to pass in front of the church. The parade, which normally starts at noon, will s...

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, ...

Chicago’s confection connection

By Sophia Coleman

December 12, 2011

Melt-in-your-mouth chocolates, minty-fresh gum, sour candies and decadent caramels are all within your reach. No, this isn’t a dreamed up fantasy or a trip into Willy Wonka’s factory—this is Chicago, the candy capital of the country.The city has been home to some of the biggest names in candy land—from the Baby Ruth bar, Wrigley gum, Tootsie Rolls and Frango Mints—as well as artisanal chocolate makers, such as Vos...

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