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Team captains Daniel Olesen (left), Asher Kline (center) and Morgan Braastad (right) will take the ice for the first time Dec. 7 when the COHL season kicks off.

Renegades on ice: Columbia gets a hockey team

November 24, 2014

For the first time in Columbia’s history, the college will see a Renegades ice hockey team debut later this semester. The team will play its first competitive game Dec. 7 at the B-Level for advanced ...

Pop singer’s careless remarks shed light on misconception

By Managing Editor

November 17, 2014

During a time when more and more mainstream artists are bringing issues about body image to the forefront of popular culture, conflicting perceptions of ideal body types have continued to crop up. Meghan Trainor, the pop artist who claimed the spotlight seemingly overnight with “All About That Bass,” her hit song that has continuously held its No. 2 spot on the Billboard Hot 100, has joined the conversation about body i...

Internship fair proves vital for all students

Students speak with industry professionals at the Theatre Department internship fair on Sept. 29 in Studio 404 at the 72 E. 11th St. Building, in hopes of getting an internship opportunity with the participating companies. 

October 6, 2014

Students and members of Chicago’s theater community descended on Studio 404 in the 72 E. 11th St. Building for the college’s annual theater Fall Internship Fair on Sept. 29. The fair included about ...

Students attend the first Spectacle event part of a series of screenings of student films, on Sept. 23 at the Conaway Center, 1104 S. Wabash Ave. The Spectacle aims to feature students’ work and help students to network with other filmmakers. 

The Spectacle takes student films out of classroom

September 29, 2014

Students, filmmakers and fans packed Film Row Cinema at the Conaway Center, 1104 S. Wabash Ave., as The Spectacle, a screening series of short films made by Columbia students, kicked off its run on Sep...

Bernie Yvon and Molly Glynn both performed at the Goodman Theater, 170 N. Dearborn St., during their careers.

Midwestern theater community mourns veterans’ deaths

September 15, 2014

When news broke of the tragic deaths of Chicago theater veterans Molly Glynn and Bernie Yvon last weekend, it sent a wave of shock through the theater community.Glynn, a 46-year-old stage performer and TV...

Stem cell studies signal new brawn in muscle maintenance

Stem cell studies signal new brawn in muscle maintenance

September 15, 2014

Like most components that make up human biology, stem cells lose steam over time. However, in two new studies scientists may have found ways to keep them replicating and functional for longer. These fi...

Keep Lucas museum on Lake Michigan

By Opinions Editor

September 2, 2014

A June 24 announcement that George Lucas, creator of the “Star Wars” series, plans to pursue a Museum Campus location for the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art has sparked debate between Lucas enthusiasts and environmentalists.Mayor Rahm Emanuel has voiced his support for the museum, which is expected to generate $2 to $2.2 billion over a 10-year period in tourism revenue. Lucas will fund the museum’s site’s $2 million environmental clean-up and construction process, according to the article on pages 22-23. However, environmentalists are concerned that the possible pollutants underneath the site will be harmful when exposed, and the construction of the museum will violate a 1973 ordinance outlawing private development along the lakefront.It has been suggested by Friends of the Parks, an organization that works to protect Chicago’s parks, that Lucas move his museum to a different site in Chicago, possibly to a South or West Side neighborhood where blighted communities could benefit from the addition. However, because Lucas is funding the museum and any clean up, his wishes should be respected or Chicago could risk losing out on a significant economic booster and a unique cultural institution housing Lucas’ extensive collection of art.Those opposed to the Museum Campus site, such as Friends of the Parks, are not looking at the bigger picture. Friends of the Parks is concerned that the lakefront will be too congested and lack open space, according to a May 20 Friends of the Parks press release. However, the site of the potential museum is currently located on Solider Field and McCormick Place parking lots. While tailgating Bears fans enjoy the lots, they are not there to enjoy the view of Lake Michigan. Lucas also plans on including landscaping and a pedestrian bridge, according to a July 28 museum press release.The unearthing of potentially carcinogenic pollutants remaining from the Great Chicago Fire of 1871–detected by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency beneath the lots–has also concerned some environmentalists. The toxic residue of the Chicago Fire should not prevent Chicago from accepting a museum, especially because many buildings have been erected in the surrounding area since 1871 without apparent ill effect. Environmental cleanup is a normal part of construction in Chicago—many of the city’s neighborhoods are built atop old industry sites.If the city wants to fully reap the benefits from the museum, it is imperative that the museum be a part of the Museum Campus instead of placing it in another neighborhood. The Chicago City Pass, a popular tourist purchase, allows access to the three Museum Campus institutions—the Shedd Aquarium, Adler Planetarium and the Field Museum—for up to 30 days. Because the museums are located close together, visitors can easily jump from one museum to another. If Lucas’ museum is built too far from the Museum Campus, tourists may pass up on the institution.Big plans often necessitate some sacrifices, and the concerns environmentalists have are not without merit, but Lucas’ promise to assume all of the financial responsibilities for the museum can only benefit a city that desperately needs the money. Chicago cannot afford to lose the museum, but Lucas can afford to lose Chicago.

How-to: Be Funny

March 3, 2014

Ask anyone what they look for in a significant other and they'll probably say a sense of humor. But how does one develop comedic chops? Sophomore theater major Sarah Perry shared six key steps to being ...

Out-of-the-box Valentine’s Day dates

By Assistant Arts & Culture Editor

February 10, 2014

Dinner and a movie is a classic date, but Chicago’s artistic communities have much more creative date ideas to offer. The Chronicle compiled the city’s best Valentine’s Day events for culture-hungry, curious couples and singles alike. Hip, art-consuming, modern people should feel inspired by Valentine’s Day, not pressured, bored and bummed out. Get into the adventurous spirit this year!A.W.E.: The Art of SensualityDu...

Improv Classic

January 24, 2014

Under The Gun Theater's Improv Classic at The Donny's Skybox Theater, 1608 N. Wells St., started Jan. 18 and runs until the March 1 finals. In this seven-week improv challenge, partners team up and perfo...

Black theater provokes change

By Emily Ornberg

September 4, 2012

A gunshot hits Sgt. Vernon Waters of the South’s segregated black military, and he enigmatically cries his last words, “They still hate you!” as he falls to his death.When the lights dimmed and the curtains came down, the cast rejoiced backstage after another performance of “A Soldier’s Play” at Hidden Stages Theater Company. The year was in 1994.Afterward, stage manager Vincent Williams sat distraught in his ap...

Cruisin’ for a bruisin’

By Amanda Murphy

April 9, 2012

The year was 1982, and roller derby was in the prime of its existence, keeping adults and children alike plopped in front of their TVs, admiring the often theatrical display.That’s when the roller derby bug bit Charles Gamble a.k.a. Chasmanian Devil, who sits on a bench at the Lombard Roller Rink, 201 W. 22nd St. in Lombard, Ill., recalling his senior yearbook and what he put as his dream occupation: professional roller...

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