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Final thoughts, Michael Beschloss

By Alexandra Kukulka

March 12, 2012

With the G8 summit moving to Camp David, the Illinois primary on March 20 and the Republicans campaigning for electoral votes, politics are in the spotlight. Columbia is staying on the trend with its last event in the 2011–2012 Conversation in the Arts series hosted by the school of Liberal Arts and Sciences.Presidential historian, author and political commentator Michael Beschloss discussed presidential courage March 8 at the...

2 E. 8th replaces Buckingham for fall 2012 student housing

By Lisa Schulz

March 5, 2012

A sweet floral scent lingers in the 2 E. 8th St. building’s marble and bronze-plated lobby, inviting Columbia back for five more years of cheaper hospitality in its soon-to-be refurbished dorm rooms.Mark Kelly, vice president of Student Affairs, signed the $21 million lease Feb. 29, locking in 14 floors for on-campus student housing. The lease period is from fall 2012 through spring 2017, and will replace the current co...

Doughnuts on the rise

By Sophia Coleman

March 5, 2012

Waking up early may be a little easier because the smell of fresh fried dough and rich frosting will be wafting through the streets more often.A sure sign of a new trend, doughnut shops are popping up all around the city. With the Doughnut Vault, 400 N. Franklin St., which opened last April; Do-Rite Donuts, 50 W. Randolph St., which opened Feb. 23; and Glazed and Infused, slated to open in the West Loop in mid-March, Chic...

Chicago’s leading thinkers discuss ideas for the future of the city

By Chris Loeber

March 5, 2012

An Internet connection is essential to many Chicagoans for day-to-day life, but even the country’s third largest city suffers from a substantial shortage of this basic amenity.“5 Big Ideas for the 21st Century City,” an event hosted by the Local Initiatives Support Corporation on Feb. 28, brought four of Chicago’s leading thinkers together to present ideas on how to tackle some of the city’s biggest problems, inclu...

Students get proactive about poverty

By Aviva Einhorn

February 27, 2012

Homelessness in Chicago persists at a time when many government-funded organizations are experiencing budget cuts. However, one poverty program created by college students may emerge relatively untouched by slashed funding.LIFT is a nationwide organization that was started in 1998 by two students at Yale University and is sustained mainly by college students. The organization is able to promote its battle against homelessness ...

Faculty fear cuts; tiers to come

By Lisa Schulz

February 27, 2012

Columbia President Warrick L. Carter has requested the Faculty Senate weigh in on the prioritization process and upcoming searches for the president, provost and vice president of Institutional Advancement positions.Other discussion at the Feb. 24 Senate meeting held in the Alexandroff Campus Center, 600 S. Michigan Ave., revolved around possible budget cuts, the transparency of prioritization to students and raises for facul...

‘Nonetheless’ makes green look effortless

By Sophia Coleman

February 20, 2012

Now cyclists can look classy and eco-conscious while commuting to work, thanks to the expansion of a sustainable clothing brand entirely manufactured in Chicago.Nonetheless Garments, founded in 2009 by designer Jonathan Shaun, will be replacing his previous storefront, Connect, 1330 N. Milwaukee Ave., in mid-March. The zero-waste clothing line is currently composed of menswear pieces such as weatherproof pants and jackets ma...

Second level program rankings complete

By Heather Scroering

February 13, 2012

As the semester zooms further into February, the prioritization process is keeping up the pace as the Support and Operations offices completed the second phase of the Program Information Request rankings.Ranked by the vice presidents of each program, PIRs were scored using the identical criteria to what was used by the associate vice presidents who first ranked the forms, as previously reported by The Chronicle on Jan. 17. ...

City to consider cab fare increase

By Kaley Fowler

February 13, 2012

Road rage between cab drivers and city officials has intensified as the fight for fare increases continues.Alderman Anthony Beale (9th Ward), chair of the City Council Transportation Committee, and the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection, announced on Feb. 2 that a hearing will be held in six to seven months in response to a petition filed Dec. 15 by city taxi drivers requesting a 22 percent cab fare hi...

Groupon launches outdoor kiosks

By Kaley Fowler

February 7, 2012

Considering that a typical lunch in the city costs almost $10, coupon services are often a helpful aid to hungry Chicagoans. One popular Chicago-based company is taking strides to make it possible to find deals for local eateries on the go.Groupon Inc., a pioneer in online coupon service, has partnered with the Chicago-based digital media company SmartDigital LLC to develop kiosks with new outdoor touch-screen technology. The k...

Faculty Senate rules alone

By Lisa Schulz

February 6, 2012

Finally escaping the committees and bylaws of the dissolved College Council, the Faculty Senate declared its independence last week. Now, the established body of 38 voices faces reaching conclusions.Concerns regarding methodology of the prioritization process were discussed during the Senate's Feb. 3 meeting. Also mentioned was a separate re-evaluation of the curriculum, new committees within the Senate and activity outsid...

Student exhibit ‘Empathic Evolution’ targets inner emotion

By Lisa Schulz

January 30, 2012

Shreds of soft, ceiling-to-floor curtain surrounded by a pod of four cushions paired with headphones playing ambient music hung just inside a window shutting out downtown traffic and constant horn honks.This is one of the many interactive art displays in the “Empathic Evolution” exhibit, which offers viewers a chance to explore their place in the artwork and experience a connection with artists through their oeuvre, accord...

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