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Cursive writing becoming extinct

By Vanessa Morton

October 3, 2011

With technology of the 21st century constantly evolving, it’s no surprise that communication has become substantially easier. As computers continue to infiltrate our lives, keyboards and screens have replaced pen and paper. While technology has made everything more convenient, the art of writing may be at risk of being forgotten.This is a problem, as educational institutions across the United States no longer require their eleme...

Peddling past the law

By Vanessa Morton

September 26, 2011

Chicago bicyclists have just received a reminder to keep their eyes on the road as they face a newly proposed ordinance that would try to eliminate accidents causedby distractions.Alderman Margaret Laurino (39th Ward) has crafted an ordinance that would ban the use of any hand-held device, which would include talking or texting on a cell phone, while riding a bike.The “common-sense ordinance” was introduced in a City ...

New initiative targets health costs

By Vanessa Morton

September 26, 2011

City employees are encouraged to join a new program in an effort to promote healthier lifestyles and lower Chicago’s high health care costs.Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Federation of Labor President Jorge Ramirez announced on Sept. 16 that a new Comprehensive Wellness Program—developed by labor unions and city officials—would be offered as a free service to city employees and their families and is set to start sometime i...

“Motor Row” becomes “Music Row”

By Vanessa Morton

September 19, 2011

Development of a new entertainment district located in the city’s South Loop neighborhood has continued to make progress after a zoning redesignation was introduced by Alderman Robert Fioretti (2nd Ward) and passed in a City Council vote.The City Council Zoning Committee agreed on the plan during a meeting that was held on Sept. 1. The initiative will try to transform what is known as “Motor Row”—a three-block stretch...

Chicago Pedestrian Plan takes its first steps

By Vanessa Morton

September 12, 2011

Columbia students have more to fear than homework and increased tuition. Among Chicago’s 77 different communities, the Loop stands out as one of eight areas with the most pedestrian crashes, according to the City of Chicago’s 2011 Pedestrian Crash Analysis. However, the city is in the early stages of devising a plan that will try to reduce the number of such accidents between pedestrians and vehicles.The Chicago Depar...

Pollution control underway

By Vanessa Morton

September 12, 2011

H. Kramer & Co., a local brass and bronze smelter, has found itself in hot water after Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan filed a complaint against it.The company agreed to a preliminary injunction which requires it to immediately reduce lead emissions from its plant, according to the Attorney General’s Office. In compliance, H. Kramer is accountable for replacing existing pollution control equipment with new state-of-th...

Equality at work

By Vanessa Morton

September 6, 2011

Rep. Mike Quigley, D.-Ill., showed his support for the LGBTQ community at a briefing that discussed different aspects of the federal Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which was reintroduced and passed by the House of Representatives on April 6 and is currently stalled in the Senate.First introduced more than three decades ago, the proposed bill focuses on discrimination in the workplace by making it illegal to fire, refus...

New federal guidelines give hope

By Vanessa Morton

September 6, 2011

Sgt. Alfredo Nunez, 24, returned to Chicago on Aug. 28 after serving 11 months in Afghanistan. Despite fulfilling his duties overseas, he is now confronted with another war in his own country.Reunited with his loved ones, he is joined by his sister and three brothers—one of whom also serves in the Army—in a fight to save their father from deportation.“They are trying to deport my father for coming here more than 20 year...

Chicago team Force-ing new gridiron perspective

By Contributing Writer

April 25, 2011

by: Vanessa Morton, Contributing WriterThe passion and drive of professional football hasn’t been lost because of the weather. But the gender playing the sport is different, and so is the attitude. As the Chicago Force starts another year of running, tackling and scoring, the player’s continue to push through economic issues, such as team funding, and the societal dogma that women can’t play football.The city’s all-wo...

Taking a step back to gain perspective

By The Columbia Chronicle

April 18, 2011

By Vanessa Morton, Contributing WriterMusician, composer and First-Year Seminar lecturer James Falzone is preparing to release a new album titled “Other Doors” with his band KLANG on April 26. This is his sixth release on his recording label Allos Documents, which was created in 2000.Raised in Norridge, Ill., a Northwest suburb of Chicago, Falzone stumbled upon the clarinet by chance at age 10. Sparked by interest and natu...

Toxic lead probe under way in Pilsen

By The Columbia Chronicle

April 11, 2011

By Vanessa Morton, Contributing WriterChicago’s Pilsen and Little Village communities, which have struggled for years to build concrete evidence that verifies harmful levels of air pollution, may have finally gotten the proof they’ve been looking for.New air monitoring data released by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency in March showed high levels of toxic lead that polluted the air throughout 2010 outside Pilsen...

Columbia teams up with YouTube

By Contributing Writer

March 28, 2011

by: Vanessa Morton, Contributing WriterSince its start in early 2005, YouTube has developed into an internationally popular video-sharing resource with a reputation for hosting mindless entertaining content. However, with new media’s constant evolution in the 21st century, the Google-owned company is setting sights on changing this perception by cultivating the future generation of aspiring content creators.Columbia, in c...

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