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South Loop community wants new Red Line station but pushes back on location

South Loop community wants new Red line station but pushes back on location

By Knox Keranen

February 8, 2019

Residents in the South Loop have long sought a new Chicago Transit Authority station but not where Related Midwest—developer of a massive 62-acre housing, retail and business venture dubbed The 78—initially wante...

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Going the distance: student athletes struggle to balance sports, academics

September 17, 2018

Kylie Fong, a senior nursing student at Grand Canyon University, wakes up at 4:30 a.m. for her “Clinical” course.  After she finishes her hospital shift, she goes to golf practice, which lasts between three and five hours. By the end of the week, Fong will have spent a...

Marketing Columbia: college rethinks recruitment strategies

Marketing Columbia: college rethinks recruitment strategies

September 11, 2018

The college recently hired Chicago advertising agency SOCIALDEVIANT to create a new marketing campaign for the college, designed to help increase student enrollment. The new campaign will targe...

Illinois program uses funds to go greener

By Blaise Mesa

September 10, 2018

Illinois is replacing old diesel engines with more eco-friendly alternatives, hoping to improve air quality.The Driving a Cleaner Illinois program will fund the replacement of older engines with money awarded as part of the Volkswagen Settlement—a multi-billion dollar settlement with the federal government over Clean Air Act violations, according to an Aug. 29 press release from Governor Bruce Rauner’s office. Illinois will...

Divvy expands rides with 36 new stations

Divvy expands rides with 36 new stations

By Madison Keller

September 10, 2018

Divvy expands rides with 36 new stations access throughout the city by installing 36 new bike stations in River North, Englewood, Ukrainian Village and the Near West Side neighborhoods.The first statio...

EDITORIAL: Columbia can help break cycle of period poverty

EDITORIAL: Columbia can help break cycle of period poverty

September 10, 2018

Beginning in August, Scotland became the first country to provide free menstrual products at all schools, colleges and universities after the success of a 2017 pilot program, according to an Aug. 29 New Yor...

Lyft drives voting initiative forward

Lyft drives voting initiative forward

September 4, 2018

Lyft wants to help voters during November elections by reducing ride fares and providing registration information as part of its Ride to Vote initiative. Lyft partnered with organizations such as Vote.org...

Enough is enough: Frat life needs to change

Enough is enough: Frat life needs to change

By Tessa Brubaker

April 30, 2018

A video of Syracuse University’s Theta Tau fraternity members went public April 19, showing them using homophobic, racist and anti-Semitic slurs. In another video released April 21 by the university...

Comic book fans were treated to Emily Decker's lecture about the history of female representation in American comic books March 5 at The Field Museum. 

Second-wave feminist movement presented in comics

March 12, 2018

The comic book industry has made some significant progress with better female representation of characters and creators, but there is still room for improvement, said Emily Decker, executive assistant to the vi...

Grant money could help Chicago go greener

Grant money could help Chicago go greener

By Blaise Mesa

March 11, 2018

With Chicago on the cutting edge of eco-friendly policies, a new grant could help spur even more green initiatives.The U.S. Green Buildings Council has partnered with the Bank of America Charitable Fo...

A proposed extension route to the CTA red line will extend the southbound ending from 95th/Dan Ryan to 130th.

CTA proposes route for transportation desert

February 5, 2018

The anticipated Red Line Extension project route  proposed by the Chicago Transit Authority promises minimal community damage during construction and thousands of new jobs. But questions about how it will...

CTA riders will see a 25 cent increase per ride and a $5 increase for the monthly passes starting January 2018. It is unclear whether the cost of Columbia’s Ventra U-Pass will increase for the Fall 2018 Semester. 

CTA raises fares for 2018, cites state budget cuts

December 4, 2017

Chicago Transit Authority will raise fares starting January 2018 for the first time in nine years. CTA’s 2018 budget lost $33 million in state funding, and as a result, base fares will increase by 25 cents per ride and $5 for the 30-day un...

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