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2014 Chicago Polar Plunge featuring #Swimmyfallon

March 10, 2014

The 14th Annual Chicago Polar Plunge took place on March 2 at North Avenue Beach, 1600 N. Lake Shore Dr., and raised more than $1 million for the Chicago Special Olympics. With special guests such as Mayor ...

Self-funded campaigns unethical

March 10, 2014

With the Illinois gubernatorial election only eight months away, criticism and promises from each candidate are growing louder. In the case of Republican frontrunner Bruce Rauner, the scrutiny reached new heights when statewide labor organization AFL-CIO filed an ethics complaint against him.The organization claimed it filed the complaint because Rauner violated the Illinois Procurement Code, which outlines what constitutes...

College creates new department, terminates employees

By Associate Editor

March 3, 2014

The college fired more than half of the current employees in the Office of Institutional Advancement to make way for a new Department of Development.President Kwang-Wu Kim announced the terminations and restructuring in a Feb. 28 email to college staff and faculty. The new Department of Development will replace the current division of Institutional Advancement, which is the office responsible for fundraising and creating and ...

B-Real Dance Competition

February 24, 2014

Dancers of all styles gathered at Stage Two in the 618 S. Michigan Ave. building to compete for a $300 prize in the B-Real Two-on-Two Breakin' Battle. Part of Columbia's Dance Center's B-Real Series, w...

Creating music with new IAM chair

Creating music with new IAM chair

February 17, 2014

When Joseph Cancellaro began teaching at Columbia, he never expected to rise to the top, but on Feb. 4, he was officially named chair of the Interactive Arts & Media Department. Cancellaro was named acting chair of the IAM Department in 2012 when previous chair Annette Barbier ...

A look into the future of the HIV and AIDS epidemic, finding a solution

Turning a positive into a negative

February 17, 2014

Seven years ago, the only thing Rashid Bashir, leading developer and head of the Department of Bioengineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and his researchers needed to revolutioni...

Athlete Profile: Kimberly Johnson

Athlete Profile: Kimberly Johnson

February 10, 2014

Kimberly Johnson grew up running around Homer Glen and Lockport, Ill., where she graduated from Lockport Township High School in 2013. The high school salutatorian and AP scholar then took her track ...

Some like it hot

By Assistant Arts & Culture Editor

February 10, 2014

I am ze greatest guitarist in ze world,” said a jovial Joshua Zirko, owner of Caravan Guitars, 4754 N. Rockwell St., in a phony French accent. His modestly sized audience laughed, as if the joke had been told before and would be told again many times. The name of a jazz standard was called out and met with the loud sound of flipping pages. The musicians began to play enchanting tunes like no other. Sitting in Caravan on a...

Thug Tearz

For The Record

By Emily Ornberg

February 3, 2014

TEN YEARS AGO, rappers couldn’t dream of becoming mainstream unless they fit exactly under a predetermined prototype: equipped with violence, misogyny and a braggadocio so pretentious that most of their ly...

Medical marijuana

Packing bongs, not heat

February 3, 2014

Illinois residents eligible to receive medical marijuana may have to choose between the right to own a handgun and their prescriptions.The Illinois Department of Public Health proposed on Jan. 21 that...

Yoko No-no

By Sophia Coleman

December 3, 2012

Exploiting the legacy of John Lennon is commonplace for Yoko Ono, but this time she’s taken it too far with her new fashion line inspired by her late husband’s naughty bits.Ono launched her debut collection, “Fashions for Men: 1969–2012,” Nov. 27 in New York for global retailer Opening Ceremony. She told Women’s Wear Daily that her inspirations included Lennon’s “very sexy bod” and his most admired attributes, which based ...

Toxic, tempting fashion

By Sophia Coleman

November 26, 2012

Too bad Forest Green wasn’t declared the color of the year instead of Tangerine Tango. Perhaps it would inspire brands like Calvin Klein and Zara to come clean about their noxious clothing.Greenpeace released a major investigative report Nov. 20 that details the hazards of toxic chemicals found in the products of 20 global fashion brands, including the two aforementioned, as well as Victoria’s Secret, Levi’s and Gap. The ...

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