The Columbia Chronicle

Inmates denied parole, lack available housing

By Managing Editor

February 9, 2015

Every year, approximately 1,200 state prison inmates are denied parole because they are unable to secure housing that complies with parole requirements. This process is referred to as “violation at the door,” which affects 1,000 convicted sex offenders and 200 other inmates without a sex crime background, according to a Jan. 25 Chicago Tribune article. The Illinois Department of Corrections is required to assist inmates on...

Hockey

Ice hockey off to rough start, team stays optimistic

January 26, 2015

The Renegades ice hockey team is experiencing a cold snap during its first season. Since its Dec. 14 debut, the team has lost one game and forfeited four others for lack of player attendance. Attendance is a pr...

News of student deaths a necessity

By Editorial Board

January 26, 2015

Quinn Kyles, a sophomore radio major, died in a tragic car accident in Indiana on Dec. 22, 2014, according to a Dec. 24 Chicago Tribune article. The college did not announce Kyles’ death until the afternoon of Jan. 8, and the announcement only notified the Radio Department of the student’s death, not the Columbia community at large. The announcement was short and simple, with little said of Kyles. Regardless of whether ...

Mental Illness

Mental health care inadequate despite overwhelming need

December 8, 2014

Nearly one in five American adults experienced symptoms of mental illness in the last year, according to a 2013 survey from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s 2013 Nation...

Colleges could improve counseling

By Editorial Board

November 10, 2014

As the number of young adults enrolling in higher education continues to rise, the need for colleges to provide adequate services for students with mental illness has increased.Like most institutions, Columbia offers various forms of counseling to its students. The office of Counseling Services provides them with a maximum of 10 free individual sessions per academic year and an unlimited number of group therapy sessions. Al...

We need to recognize suicide rights

By Editorial Board

October 27, 2014

A 29-year-old California woman diagnosed with terminal brain cancer made national headlines for her decision to end her life by taking a prescribed lethal medication on Nov. 1.After being given six months to live, Brittany Maynard opted to undergo assisted suicide— “die with dignity”—a controversial practice that only three states in the U.S. permit. Maynard was diagnosed with brain cancer on New Year’s Day, and doct...

iHeartMedia a smart change for Clear Channel

By Managing Editor

September 22, 2014

Clear Channel Media Holdings Inc., the largest operator of U.S. radio stations, announced in a Sept. 16 press release that it has changed its name to iHeartMedia to better associate with its digital radio service iHeartRadio and embrace its various media platforms.Since the iHeartRadio app was released in 2008, it has grown wildly popular and served as the online outlet for the company’s 859 radio stations and 245 milli...

Robert Bykowski THE CHRONICLE

Editor’s Note

April 21, 2014

This campus is definitely not what it was three years ago when I first moved to Chicago. Shops have closed and chains have opened; walls have been painted and buildings have been torn down—and even burned down—and countless faculty and students have left the campus, deciding this school just wasn’t for them.And although Columbia’s adopted motto, “Create Change,” is something many of us joke about or mock, it’s absolutely fitting. Our students are breaking the mold, our teachers are doing the impossible by working in their fields full-time and also teaching part-time at Columbia, the South Loop community where we reside is quickly becoming a burgeoning neighborhood in the city and the college is progressively working to stay in touch with the way media shapes our lives.So to follow the South Loop and Columbia’s lead, The Chronicle is making a few changes itself to better serve you—our readers. The City Beat section has changed to Metro, which will bring you the latest in developing stories from across the Chicagoland area; the Arts & Entertainment section is now Arts & Culture, keeping you in touch with the people who surround you and the art that inhabits our spaces; and the Campus News section, now Campus, will discuss not only news on Columbia’s campus, but also the issues that affect you as a college student.The idea behind The Chronicle, to become the voice of the Columbia community, hasn’t changed—it’s just being amped up a bit. In our Commentary section, the new Back Talk section will allow you as students and faculty to briefly address your concerns or offer praise via e-mail. Letters to the Editor are still highly encouraged, as many issues just can’t be addressed in less than 75 words.And while you’re e-mailing your Back Talk submissions, please notice the overhaul of The Chronicle’s website. It has become clear in the past few years which direction publications and media are taking, and The Chronicle has decided to follow the same path. Throughout the semester, the website will feature videos, podcasts, blogs, slideshows, articles available only online, breaking news updates and comment capability for readers to comment and give feedback directly on each article. The print edition of The Chronicle has always been an outlet for students to voice their opinions, and now our website will expand this opportunity for feedback to both The Chronicle and Columbia.Perhaps the most notable addition to The Chronicle is the presence of the newspaper on the streets of the South Loop. Twenty free-standing outdoor newsstands are scattered throughout the South Loop, in front of Columbia campus buildings and South Loop establishments, to further demonstrate the importance of the culture Columbia radiates in the South Loop community.For new students who haven’t been around long enough to witness all of these changes: Don’t worry, this community will keep growing and changing. You’ll be able to look back at your first year and remember how things once were. And for returning students: Welcome back. It may not look like the community we first arrived in, but the ideals behind it haven’t changed a bit.

‘ Israeli / Palestinian Conflict ’ section reinstated

By Associate Editor

April 7, 2014

The second section of adjunct professor Iymen Chehade’s “The Israeli/Palestinian Conflict” course has been reinstated after an American Association of University Professors report concluded the college violated Chehade’s academic freedom. However, the college disputes the report’s findings and denies the class was reinstated in response to the report. Prompting a petition that led to the March 25 AAUP investiga...

Colleges need to create dorm communities

By Arts & Culture Editor

March 3, 2014

Nicholas Barnes, a 20-year-old junior at the University of Chicago, was found dead in his dorm Feb. 15 after students complained about a smell coming from his room. He had been dead in his dorm room, unnoticed for several days.It had been eight days since Barnes used his university key card to enter his residence hall in the International House dorm. The cause of death is still unknown as of press time, but the Chicago Tribune report...

Suicide epidemic reaches new apex

By Brandon Smith

October 15, 2012

Suicide has surpassed motor vehicle accidents as the leading cause of injury deaths, according to a West Virginia University study published online Sept. 20 by the American Journal of Public Health.Using data from the National Center for Health Statistics, the study found that suicide mortality rates had increased 15 percent from 2000 to 2009, while unintentional motor vehicle accident mortality rates decreased 25 percent....

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