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‘Flight’ soars on strength of character

By Sam Flancher

October 28, 2012

After a hiatus from live-action filmmaking, Robert Zemeckis, acclaimed director of “Forrest Gump,” has returned with “Flight.” An engrossing, often thrilling portrait of a conflicted hero, “Flight” is proof of Zemeckis’ maturity asa filmmaker.The film chronicles the story of Whip Whitaker (Denzel Washington), an airline pilot who saves hundreds of lives by executing a miraculous crash landing. A toxicology repo...

In absence of blue light phones, students need alternative

By Editorial Board

October 7, 2012

Many urban campuses, including DePaul University and the University of Illinois at Chicago, have a “blue light system,” a series of emergency phone boxes that connect directly to campus security. UIC has more than 1,000 call boxes on its campus. While this may sound like a great security system for Columbia, our college’s downtown location makes its situation unique. It is easier for traditional campuses to implement t...

Jeff Budzien profile

By Nader Ihmoud

October 7, 2012

Jeff Budzien is a junior at Northwestern University and the starting place kicker for the Wildcats football team. During the team’s Sept. 15 victory against the Boston College Golden Eagles, he matched Northwestern’s record for most field goals in a game with 5. Following that game, Budzien was named the Big Ten special team’s player of the week. The Chronicle chatted with Budzien about what makes a successful field goal ...

Campus untouched by NATO protests

By Sophia Coleman

May 21, 2012

Columbia’s campus came through unscathed, despite being caught in the middle of the NATO protests that unfolded between May 18 and May 21 and witnessed a clash between a few thousand demonstrators and police officers.No damage was done to the school’s property, according to Bob Koverman, vice president of Campus Safety and Security. He said the campus had prepared for the event by closing two weeks early and had a sol...

College campuses prep for NATO summit

By Sophia Coleman

May 16, 2012

With the beginnings of the NATO summit in motion, Columbia, Roosevelt University and other campuses in the South Loop are preparing for four days full of protests and thousands of people coming from around the globe.Columbia’s campus will close May 18 – 21, and security has been heightened in each college building. Security personnel have gone through an eight-hour specialized NATO training program, sponsored by Allied...

LFL takes hiatus

By Lindsey Woods

April 22, 2012

Fans of women playing football in their underwear will have to go without during the fast-approaching football season. Watching the fully dressed Bears will have to suffice because the Lingerie Football League will not be playing games in the U.S. until April 2013.The shift, announced April 12 in a press release sent by LFL Chairman and Commissioner Mitchell Mortaza, will allow the league to switch from a fall/winter season to ...

Columbia plans to remain open during G8/NATO summits

By Heather Scroering

January 23, 2012

While Chicago is buzzing about the G8 and NATO summits that will lock down much of the South Loop from May 1–21, Columbia plans on staying open.The G8 and NATO summits, taking place at McCormick Place, 2301 S. Lake Shore Drive, are expected to attract more than 7,000 delegates and staff, as well as 2,500 journalists from across the globe, according to Jennifer Martinez, press secretary for the Chicago G8 and NATO Host C...

LGBTQ face more challenges with age

By Emily Fasold

January 17, 2012

Recent decades may have seen homosexuality brought “out of the closet,” but research from the University of Washington suggests that the health of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered seniors has been left in the shadows.The study, named Disparities and Resilience among Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Older Adults found that LGBTQ elderly—a population expected to double by 2030—face higher disability rate...

Student scam jobs listed on ColumbiaWorks

By Lisa Schulz

October 2, 2011

After expecting to apply for a part-time accounting position at a job fair he was steered to by ColumbiaWorks, Columbia’s student and alumni employment website, Todd Merrill hesitated before he accepted the actual offer: a full-time, governmental campaign office position promising an $80,000-a-year salary—or at least until he would scribble his Social Security number onto a W-4 tax form.This isn’t the first illusory j...

Put effort into privacy

By Luke Wilusz

September 18, 2011

A hacker group calling itself Hollywood Leaks made headlines last week when it posted nude photos of Scarlett Johansson, which were apparently stolen from her mobile phone, to the Web.The FBI is currently investigating this intrusion, along with alleged hacks of several other celebrities’ email accounts, because apparently Johansson’s breasts are a national treasure and must be defended at all costs.All joking aside, though, this...

New security camera systems for Chicago Public Schools

By Gregory Cappis

September 5, 2011

The Chicago Public School system is installing more security cameras at local high schools, building on the successes of the cameras at a troubled South Side school.High-tech security cameras, costing $7 million, are scheduled to be operating by the end of the school year at 14 additional high schools with large volumes of past arrests and misconduct cases.Christian Fenger Academy High School, 11220 S. Wallace Ave., pilote...

Chicago Public Schools face future financial issues

By Editorial Board

September 5, 2011

The Chicago School Board recently approved a nearly $6 billion budget for2012 that closes the current revenue gap but does not plan for the $860 million deficit Chicago Public Schools officials expect by 2014.The new budget promises $100 million in not-yet-determined administrative cuts, which is a good place to start. But officials need to maintain transparency with the public about when and in what form these cuts will com...

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