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Chronic Anxiety

By Sports and Health Editor

April 21, 2014

Colin Anders* presses the speckled glass bong to his lips. He flicks his lighter and holds it to the base, igniting the packed slider overflowing with green crumbly weed, and slowly inhales. Crippling anxiety feels much more tolerable when stoned, he reasons.And then it hits.Black spots slowly cloud his vision. His heart begins pounding out of his chest and his body shakes uncontrollably as he loses the ability to breathe....

Miyazaki offers dark twist to outstanding career

Miyazaki offers dark twist to outstanding career

March 10, 2014

Traditional animation is becoming unfashionable in the United States. Changing tastes have given rise to computer-generated films like the Oscar-winning “Frozen” in favor of Disney’s near-extin...

Featured Artist: Cheryl Faux

Featured Artist: Cheryl Faux

March 3, 2014

Cheryl Faux, sophomore marketing communication major, became an Internet junkie when she started creating her Tumblr page, {365} by learning how to use Adobe programs like Photoshop to brand herself i...

Major label, minor role?

By Managing Editor

March 3, 2014

Beyoncé did it. Radiohead did it. So did Nine Inch Nails, Prince, Frank Ocean and David Bowie. Although the music industry has spent years calculating the perfect formula for how to successfully release an album (Step 1: Shove a catchy single on the radio, Step 2: Flood the market with promotion (What up, Pepsi endorsement?), Step 3: Hold a turnt up release party, rinse and repeat), Kid Cudi’s recent overnight release ...

Colleges contend with social media

February 3, 2014

After pictures of a “black-themed” Martin Luther King, Jr. Day party thrown by an Arizona State University fraternity surfaced on Instagram, university administrators announced the frat would permanently lose its charter because of its inappropriate behavior, according to a Jan. 24 statement from ASU.Although the party was hosted in an off-campus apartment unaffiliated with the university and unendorsed by the fratern...

How To: Blog

By Dannis Valera

November 5, 2012

Blogging has become a staple of our social media-crazy society. Anyone can do it and everyone has thought up of every kind of blog. But what can you do to make sure your blogging efforts are a success? The Chronicle sat down with Blogging: Beyond the Basics instructors Sharon Bloyd-Peshkin and Sal Barry to see what tips they had to survive in the blog-o-sphere.http://youtu.be/HjB7yiPmOl4...

Generation Y’s newfound workplace expectations

By Kyle Rich

October 8, 2012

many college graduates ask themselves what factors into their dream job, including location, job security, health benefits and being able to upload memes during office hours.The Connected World Technology Report from Cisco, an Internet and network provider, gives some insight into what Millennials find important in the workplace. The report, which surveyed 2,800 college students and recent graduates, showed surprising results. Two-thirds of college students will ask about social media policies during job interviews, and 56 percent will not accept a job from a company that bans social media. One-third said the freedom to use social media, work on the computer of their choice and have flexible work hours are more important than salary. While 70 percent think it’s unnecessary to be regularly in the office, only 25 percent think productivity increases if they work from home.These expectations seem a tad unrealistic. When did we become so entitled? With the economy as uncertain as a Chicago winter, I think we should be happy to simply get hired in our respective fields and refrain from walking out of a job interview because we can’t tweet on company time.Sure, we want to stay connected to the world outside the office, but where is the line between work and play? Would I be happy if my social media privileges were taken away tomorrow? No. But I’ll admit I would have had this commentary turned to my editors about three hours ahead of deadline if I wasn’t within arm’s reach of an Internet connection and an iPhone.So let’s say we get past the hurdle of not only finding a job that suits our qualifications, but also one that fits our needs. As we begin to enter the workforce, there will be a huge turnover rate. Approximately 50 percent of baby boomers and 25 percent of Generation Y workers currently make up the labor market, but those numbers will flip by the end of the decade, according to a report from Knoll, an office furnishing company.Millennials say an engaging workplace is more important than adequate conference rooms, while baby boomers say the exact opposite. Gen Y doesn’t show a need for face-to-face meetings and likes integrating technology with interaction. Baby boomers like to keep work and home separate. As technology advances, it will become easier to accommodate these preferences, but appeasing one side of this spectrum could cause confusion. Putting workers of varying age groups side by side and implementing new policies to boost morale seems like it could backfire.It puts gray hairs on my head to say this, but I don’t need a yoga break to do good work in an office. Give me black coffee and a desk with no distractions so I can hammer out my work and get the hell out of the office to enjoy what’s left of the day.We all would like a loose, relaxed work environment, but at what cost? Members of Generation Y suffer greatly from underemployment and are taking low-paying jobs that don’t necessarily require a college degree. More than half of recent college graduates are unemployed or underemployed, according to Millennial Branding, a research and management consulting firm. Although more than 63 percent of Gen Y workers have a bachelor’s degree, the most popular jobs among Millennials are in retail and cellphone sales—jobs that anyone with a high school degree and a little bit of patience could easily obtain. Is it that we can’t find jobs that suit our degrees, or can we not step up to the plate and accept the regimentation of a grown-up job?Sure, we are more or less expected to attend college, but now that we have these new workplace expectations, maybe students should rethink when to pursue their higher education. Perhaps 20 years down the line, it will be the norm to start college later in life.I am among millions who have gone straight from high school to college. As my own graduation date looms, the prospect of working for a year or two until finding a clearer definition of what I want out of life doesn’t sound so bad.I guess what I’m trying to get at is that work is called work for a reason. I know when I get home at the end of the day, work is the last thing I think about until I wake up the next morning. Yeah, work can suck, but with home being so great, why blend the two? It’s like drenching yourself in cologne after getting sprayed by a skunk.

Social media may lead to jobs

By Contributing Writer

October 8, 2012

By Elizabeth Earl, Contributing WriterNetworking through social media may be the 21st century method of job hunting, according to several media experts.During Social Media Week, a worldwide celebration of online networking from Sept. 24–29, several seminars around Chicago were devoted to discussing and exploring various social media outlets. At a Sept. 26 event hosted by DePaul University, a group of employers, entrepreneurs ...

Everyone needs some alone time

By Brian Dukerschein

September 24, 2012

I don’t mean to alarm you, but there are zombies among us. You see them everywhere—on the train, in the streets and climbing the stairs, albeit slowly. They are silent, plodding and oblivious to the world around them.I’m not talking about zombies of the brain-munching variety but people who have permanently attached themselves to their smartphones. It seems the iPhone and its ilk are the next step in our evolution. They a...

Senate reviewing password protection bill

By Tim Shaunnessey

April 30, 2012

It’s standard procedure to give potential employers a phone number or address, but should applicants be forced to give them access to their social networking accounts? House Bill 3782, currently under review by the Illinois Senate, would prevent potential employers from requesting or requiring applicants to divulge their private social networking passwords.The bill would serve as an amendment to the Right to Privacy in the ...

Sharing Facebook password leads to heartbreak

By Alexandra Kukulka

January 30, 2012

The dating game has changed during the last few years with technology advancing every day. My mother, remembering a time when meeting in person was the only way to establish a relationship, never understands why I have to text my boyfriend during the day. She thinks cellphones complicate relationships, not to mention texting and the Internet. I used to ignore her; she was raised in the Stone Age. But reading recent stories about t...

Students invited to new Talent Pool website

By Lisa Schulz

September 15, 2011

Columbia students recently gained exclusive access to talent.colum.edu, a project and job search website designed to help students discover creative collaborative partners through a colorful sea of mini-portfolios.Students have been pre-registered with their Oasis ID log-on since May. Site users are limited to students and alumni, but browsing privileges include the public.A clicked box is the quick gateway to a student’s p...

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