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Acclaimed alumni to visit Columbia

By Ivana Hester

September 24, 2012

With the fifth annual Alumni Weekend right around the corner Sept. 27–30, students and parents’ will have the opportunity to meet some of Columbia’s successful graduates and former students.Highlighted events include a  Sept. 29 writing panel featuring some of Columbia’s most accomplished alumni. Dino Stamatopoulos, Art Baltazar and Mark Protosevich are all working in careers they dreamt of as kids.Stamatopoulos, k...

Bloc Party returns, strips down sound

By Sophia Coleman

September 21, 2012

For a couple of years, London rock-quartet Bloc Party disappeared off the post-punk radar. Rumors spread, a break ensued and the band broke off to pursue individual endeavors.After two years apart, lead vocalist and guitarist Kele Okereke, lead guitarist Russell Lissack, bassist Gordon Moaks and drummer Matt Tong realized they had unfinished business. Four years had passed since the bands album, “Intimacy,” and though...

Fall enrollment slips to four-year low

By Senah Yeboah-Sampong

September 17, 2012

Columbia’s enrollment is down by 842 students for the fall 2012 semester, according to figures posted by the administration. The 7.2 percent drop over last year could cost the college nearly $17 million in tuition and other fees.The enrollment data was posted on the college’s interactive reporting tool Sept. 13 and confirmed by two high-ranking college officials, although college spokeswoman Diane Doyne said the headcou...

Junot Díaz visits on campus

By Senah Yeboah-Sampong

September 17, 2012

The Sept. 12 Latino Heritage Month event at Film Row Cinema in the Conaway Center, 1104 S. Wabash Ave., was an informal Q-and-A session with Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Junot Díaz.Díaz, a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology who is renowned for depicting the Dominican immigrant experience, offered frank and thoughtful replies to aspiring writers.Díaz was asked why his new anthology, “This is How...

Oscar loser still a winner

By Drew Hunt

April 23, 2012

When it comes to the Academy Awards, few categories are as controversial as Best Foreign Film. For starters, “Best Foreign Film” is something of a misnomer, as the award is seen more as recognition for the country as a whole, not for the film itself. Included in this year’s crop of nominees was Canada—a most curious selection—represented by the Montreal-set and –produced “Monsieur Lazhar.”Mohamed Fellag plays the titula...

LFL takes hiatus

By Lindsey Woods

April 23, 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 ...

Get money, get paid

By Brianna Wellen

April 9, 2012

As I continue the arduous mission of finding a job for my post-graduation life, I’m finding many potential employers expect something of me and my peers that I’m not willing to do: work for free.Sure, unpaid internships are commonplace in college life. They offer worthwhile experience, for better or worse, and generally provide college credit, which does cost money and seems a fair enough payment. However, college graduate...

Pub(lic) Indecency: The Chronicle’s guide to St. Patrick’s Day

By Amanda Murphy

March 12, 2012

Let's face it: Chicagoans know how to throw a St. Patrick’s Day celebration. Sure, they may stray from the Irish holiday tradition of going to Mass and picking a shamrock for good luck. But Windy City residents have never been known for doing anything in a mediocre manner, especially when it comes to being loud, proud and creating excuses to drink. The problem is with so many bars in the city promenading as the best little pub...

Coal power reevaluated

By Kaley Fowler

March 12, 2012

With environmental awareness becoming more widespread, demands for cleaner power are gaining momentum as lawmakers, scientists and activists push to alter Illinois’ coal power facilities.In recent years, the growing focus on better air quality has prompted several Chicago environmental groups to demand that the city shut down its coal power facilities, chiefly the Fisk Generating Station, 1111 W. Cermak Road, and the Cra...

New buildings threaten Renegades

By Lindsey Woods

March 12, 2012

There are usually casualties when a long-term relationship ends, such as favorite DVDs or a pair of the coziest sweatpants. In the case of Columbia and Roosevelt University’s athletic partnership, however, the losses are imminent even though the relationship remains intact.Roosevelt’s modern, mirrored building erected at 425 S. Wabash Ave., and the relatively unbroken ground of the lot at the southeast corner of Wabash ...

Journalists tell ‘Red Tails’

By Contributing Writer

March 5, 2012

by Tyler McDermottContributing WriterThe famed Tuskegee Airmen, a group of African-American fighter pilots who fought with distinction in World War II, epitomized the segregation that existed in the U.S. armed services. Depicted in “Red Tails”—the 2012 film directed by Anthony Hemingway and written by John Ridley and Aaron McGruder—the Airmen show what it means to be an African-American in warefare.The Columbia Colle...

Westboro church’s ignorance not excusable

By Trevor Ballanger

February 20, 2012

I’ve always felt a sense of pride for who I am and where I come from, though at times it wasn’t easy. Some may think that being gay and coming from a highly religious family in southern Iowa would be rough, and they would be right.But in a lot of ways I was luckier than I realized at that time. There has always been a strong support system of friends and family around me, and I’ve never had trouble being protected whe...

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