The Columbia Chronicle

High art: Artists explore link between drugs, creativity

By Emily Ornberg

November 5, 2012

The first drawing in Bryan Lewis Saunders’ sketchbook was a self-portrait created for a design course during his sophomore year at East Tennessee State University. When he was finished, he decided the remaining class assignments were pointless because he had discovered what he wanted to do for the rest of his life.Since March 30, 1995, Saunders, 43, has created more than 8,700 self-portraits using varied textures, tools ...

Lady Wildcats ready to bounce back

By Nader Ihmoud

October 26, 2012

The Northwestern University Wildcats women’s basketball team’s 2011-2012 season was a “let down,” according to senior forward Dannielle Diamant.This season, she expects her team’s newfound chemistry to provide the boost it needs to contend for a Big Ten championship. During this past summer, Northwestern travelled across the globe for their Italian Tour.Head coach Joe McKeown and Diamant agreed that the trip was ver...

Student scores second on quiz show

By Senah Yeboah-Sampong

October 8, 2012

For many students, finding the money to pay tuition and living costs is a persistent challenge. Applying for scholarships is a common strategy, but one student was recently given a more creative option.Sophomore journalism major Karen Herrejon placed second in the annual Hispanic College Quiz finals July 28, winning a $2,500 scholarship.The competition will air on NBC 5 at 12:30 p.m. Oct. 15  as part of National Hispanic Heritage Month. Herr...

12th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates

By Sara Mays

April 30, 2012

Chicago hosted the 12th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates April 23 - 25, to promote empowering youth to activism and action. The three day summit was co-chaired by former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, former Mayor of Rome, Walter Veltroni and Mayor Rahm Emanuel served as the honorable chair.[kml_flashembed publishmethod="dynamic" fversion="10.1.8276" useexpressinstall="true" movie="

National Equal Pay Day prompts women to seek higher wages

By Kaley Fowler

April 23, 2012

While issues of gender equality may seem like a thing of the past, a group of women’s rights activists asserted otherwise at a nationwide rally, calling for equal pay for menand women.The Chicago Commission on Human Relations sponsored the April 17 rally outside Daley Plaza at the corner of Washington and Dearborn streets in conjunction with 26 organizations in observance of National Equal Pay Day, which highlighted the wag...

New Illini coach plans for success

By Nader Ihmoud

April 23, 2012

Mike Thomas, director of Athletics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, introduced Matt Bollant as the new head coach of the Fighting Illini’s women’s basketball team March 28. Bollant had two successful stints at Bryan College in Tennessee and the University of Wisconsin at Green Bay, where he led the team in winning 84 percent of its games.Bollant, who has been honored with the Horizon League Coach of th...

Otis wins Biggest Mouth

By Heather Scroering

April 23, 2012

Chicago blues and soul septet Otis took the stage April 18 at Metro, 3730 N. Clark St., and delivered nothing but funk and energy from the first note to the last. Little did the band know, amid the blue lights and more than 700 Columbia students and supporters, that they would be named winner of a $3,000 cash prize.Thirteen bands competed at Columbia’s annual Biggest Mouth music competition hosted by the Student Programmin...

Biggest Mouth 2012

By Sara Mays

April 20, 2012

Columbia's annual Biggest Mouth took place at The Metro, 3730 N. Clark, on April 18. The band Otis came in first place receiving a price of $3,000. Marina City took second place taking the winnings of $1,500. The audience choice pick was the band Pete & Nick who won a $500 prize.[kml_flashembed publishmethod="dynamic" fversion="10.1.8276" useexpressinstall="true" movie="

Last listening forums for prioritization

By Heather Scroering

April 16, 2012

The last forums before President Warrick L. Carter and the Board of Trustees decide the fate of Columbia’s programs were held April 9–10. While the college has historically been known for its open admissions policy, the Academic Team discussed in depth its recommendation that admissions become more selective.The Academic and Support & Operations teams hosted assemblies open to the college community at Film Row Cinem...

South Side organization teaches youth media skills

By Chris Loeber

April 16, 2012

As mainstream media cast a negative light on underprivileged neighborhoods, a Chicago organization seeks to empower local youths by giving them a voice and highlighting positive contributions to their communities.Visions Blu Institute, a nonprofit organization that teaches media production skills to children and teens on Chicago’s South Side, is providing kids ages 9–18 with the knowledge and experience they need to tell th...

Chicago youth rally for brighter future

By Contributing Writer

April 9, 2012

By Charles Jefferson, Contributing WriterChants of “We are young and unemployed” and signs that read “We are the future. Invest in us,” filled the Thompson Center, 100 W. Randolph St., as youth advocates from across the city demanded more from policymakers.The advocates rallied April 3 to call attention to youth violence and demand increased funding for youth centers and more opportunities for summer employment.The ...

City, partners work to sell foreclosed houses in Humboldt Park

By Chris Loeber

April 2, 2012

Vacant buildings and empty lots dot the landscape of Chicago neighborhoods hit hard by the 2010 foreclosure crisis, but the city and its partners are collaborating to assist present and potential homeowners to revitalize these troubled areas.On March 14, Chicago’s Department of Housing and Economic Development announced the TIF Purchase Rehab program that will offer forgivable loans for no more than 25 percent of the cost ...

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