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Violence in Chicago and the Weather

May 12, 2014

Finally through with a harsh winter, many Chicagoans are excited for summer's warm temperatures to come. However, sometimes when it gets warm, criminal activity spikes. So far this year, 600 people have ...

Miniature Tigers not so small anymore

Miniature Tigers not so small anymore

By Weston Pagano

May 5, 2014

Having originally met through Myspace, the indie-pop quartet Miniature Tigers comes from humble beginnings and was named one of the 25 best bands on the social network site by Rolling Stone in 2006. Miniature T...

Students aid fire-ravaged city in Chile

Students aid fire-ravaged city in Chile

April 28, 2014

Thick smoke blackened the sky as a wildfire spread through Valparaiso, Chile, forcing more than 10,000 residents to evacuate their homes. After firefighters extinguished the flames, Lauren Keeling, a junior art + design major at Columbia, and Ameena Igram, a junior communications ma...

Unemployment benefits inadequate

April 28, 2014

Despite a 6.7 percent unemployment rate, the country’s long-term unemployment benefits are in flux, causing many Americans to scramble without a livable income. Congress has been slow to respond to the problem, and its latest effort, a five-week extension of long-term unemployment benefits, is a woefully inadequate solution.There are two unemployment categories: short-term, which involves people who have spent at least five weeks lo...

Road to retail marijuana not always green

By Copy Editor

April 21, 2014

Twenty-four states have adopted marijuana law reforms, legalizing the substance for medical and—in some cases—recreational use. Still, many entrepreneurs bolting for the “Green Rush” are having difficulty getting their reefer-related businesses off the ground.Even in Washington and Colorado, where the ganja is legal for recreational use, marijuana business owners face state regulations, community animosity, bank re...

Conceiving identities

Conceiving identities

April 14, 2014

When I was 7 years old, my father told me I was conceived through an anonymous sperm donation.As he told me the story of where I came from, the scene became burned in my memory like an acid-etched plat...

Special Olympics Chicago moves  forward with sports complex

Special Olympics Chicago moves forward with sports complex

April 7, 2014

The Illinois Medical District may soon be home to a $31 million Special Olympics sports complex that would increase accessibility to health resources for individuals with disabilities.Special Olympics Chic...

Students and president talk spaces

Students and president talk spaces

March 3, 2014

The Johnson Publishing Building, 820 S. Michigan Ave., took center stage during “Coffee with the President,” a series of events where students can participate in an open conversation with President Kwang Wu-Kim, due to a lack of student spaces and the need for a campus student...

Termite-bots building a future

Termite-bots building a future

March 3, 2014

Termites are known for chewing through the foundations of homes and buildings, causing homeowners and renters severe headaches, but the notoriously destructive bugs’ building methods could be the key to n...

#Democracy

By Tyler Davis

December 10, 2012

The U.S. has more than 245 million Internet users, or 78 percent of the population, according to InternetWorldStats.com. Based on the recent election, this means the country has more Internet users than voters, as only 57.5 percent of eligible voters turned out this year, according to a Nov. 8 CNN.com article. Politicians are now beginning to take advantage of the hyper-engaged audience they’ve found online.California Rep. Zo...

Filibusted

By Tyler Davis

December 3, 2012

The filibuster is an infamous practice used in the U.S. Senate that stalls legislation by allowing members to extend debates. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid recently said he would like to limit the use of filibusters and require senators to actually speak on the Senate floor if they want to delay a vote on legislation, according to a Nov. 26 Washington Times article. According to a Nov. 28 Huffington Post article, Reid...

Facebook users willingly giving up right to privacy

By Tyler Davis

November 26, 2012

We’ve all heard the legend of how Facebook started. A young, drunk Mark Zuckerberg created a website in 2003 on which students could rate the hotness of their peers based on photos that weren’t quite public. Fast forward totoday, and Zuckerberg has made billions of dollars from exploiting people’s information.The thing to remember about Facebook, or anything mostly funded by advertising, is that we are a product, not...

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