The Columbia Chronicle

Lack of testing gets a failing grade

By Brianna Wellen

February 27, 2012

The college experience, though fun and exciting, can also be an extremely nerve-racking time in a young person’s life. Besides the stresses of moving to a new place with a new group of people, new responsibilities—such as supporting yourself financially and looking after your own well-being—often come into play.Typically, colleges make the latter as easy and accessible as possible. On-campus health clinics provide su...

Students, faculty, alumni perform Columbia’s first charitable cabaret

By Lisa Schulz

February 13, 2012

Under a dimmed chandelier, surrounded by a piano and chairs, hopeful students, faculty and alumni stepped onto a small stage to belt out adventurous songs in an effort to attract scholarship funds.“An Evening of Cabaret: Journeys and New Beginnings” was the first fundraiser for the Betty Garrett Musical Theatre Scholarship held Feb. 4 in Studio 404 of the Theatre Building, 72 E. 11th St. The scholarship, established i...

Senate Bill 1565 studied

By Kaley Fowler

February 13, 2012

Minimum-wage earners in Illinois could see an increase in their wages after two years of relying on $8.25 an hour, a figure that needs a boost according to many economists, protesters and Illinois legislators.In February 2011, Sen. Kimberly Lightford (D–4th District) filed Senate Bill 1565, which aims to increase the state’s minimum wage from $8.25 an hour to $10.65 by 2014. The bill is now under study by an executive c...

One not so fine night in music

By Amanda Murphy

January 23, 2012

Some days start off great, with an energetic jolt out of bed. But as the day goes on, you miss your bus, spill lunch on your new shirt and come home to a lovely pile of cat poop on the ground. Left Field Management’s “Biggest Show Ever” on Jan. 19 at Lincoln Hall, 2424 N. Lincoln Ave., very much resembled one of those days.The concert, which featured four local bands, represented a wide range of good old-fashioned rock ...

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 ...

Columbia survey: texting most frequent between parents, students

By Lisa Schulz

December 12, 2011

Emoticons can be used to emphasize tone while texting or they can substitute for the lack thereof. Even with a typed heart and smiley face expressing love, however, it seems college students and their parents may be growing further apart rather than closer together with each frequent tap of the “send” button.A communication survey conducted at Parent Weekend on Oct. 17 found that most parents converse with their son or...

Stand strong in protests

By Brianna Wellen

November 28, 2011

I often find myself glamorizing the protests that took place in the ’60s and ’70s opposing the Vietnam War. What I wouldn’t give, I thought, to be among the crowds and riots, being arrested for my beliefs, standing up in the face of tear gas and making a difference! Of course, in these imaginary time-travel situations, I am never in as extreme danger as those who were harmed at actual protests, such as the shooting at...

Students for Palestinian justice

By Heather Scroering

October 24, 2011

For decades, Israelis and Palestinians have fought over land ownership without a solution, but students at Columbia are taking a stand through the creation of a new organization: Students for Justice in Palestine.The Israeli-Palestinian conflict arose out of a territorial dispute between the indigenous Palestinian population and the Zionist Movement, which believed in establishing a Jewish state inPalestine that the Jews claim as a historica...

Students protest at Occupy Chicago

By Heather Scroering

October 17, 2011

Thousands congregated outside of the Modern Wing of the Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S. Michigan Ave., on Oct. 10, chanting about democracy and demanding change. Among the thousands was a handful of Columbia students who are making it their occupation to Occupy Chicago.The movement has sprung from the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations that started in July. Occupy Chicago has brought together thousands since Sept. 23 to peacefully...

South Loop Elementary School gym now available for Columbia students

By Nader Ihmoud

September 26, 2011

Four college students from three different institutions played a pick-up game of basketball in South Loop Elementary School’s gym, 1212 S. Plymouth Court. The gym opened on Sept. 18 for recreational basketball and volleyball.According to the Columbia Renegades President Kevin Hartmann, the gym has never been available this early to Columbia and Roosevelt University students in the years he has been at Columbia. Students who...

Students speak out on prioritization

By Heather Scroering

September 26, 2011

The question of student involvement in the prioritization process was clarified at the Sept. 15 town hall meeting at Film Row Cinema of the 1104 Center when an attendee asked President Warrick Carter if students would participate in the decision-making process.There will be no direct student involvement, said Johann Lindig, consultant with the Academic Strategy Partners who will be guiding the process throughout the year. However...

Students should care about summits

By Brianna Wellen

September 12, 2011

The news of the G-8 and NATO summits coming to Chicago sent Columbia into a panic. The thought of protests and demonstrations against global superpowers coinciding with our commencement caused college administrators to rearrange the entire spring semester. After Columbia students recover from the initial shock that comes with spring break being threatened, I can only hope they’ll realize the significance of the events happen...

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