The Columbia Chronicle

Perry’s ‘jobs machine’ just a mirage

By Matt Watson

September 26, 2011

Once Texas Gov. Rick Perry announced his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination this summer, a buzz over the “Texas jobs machine” started up in political circles and commentaries. The charismatic, coyote-shooting, bible-thumping George W. Bush clone has since jumped to the top of the polls in the Republican field, surpassing former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and replacing U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann as the lea...

Folk musician Hawley Shoffner discusses her new album

By Brian Dukerschein

September 19, 2011

In a crowded field of musical acts, it seems Hawley Shoffner, 24, can’t help but stand out. For her third performance as a solo artist, the singer-songwriter won the 2008 Farmer’s Ball, a battle of the bands competition in her native Wichita, Kan. After moving to Chicago in 2010, Shoffner found a job crafting clever puns as a staff writer for Groupon. While performing at numerous venues around the city, she met Alex and...

Asthma, allergy issues confronted head on

By Katy Nielsen

May 2, 2011

The struggle to catch one’s breath may be a momentary battle for some, but for severe asthma patients, this can become a fight for life. Asthma, a disease caused by airway inflammation and muscle spasms, affects millions of people in the world, and May is National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month.Nancy Sander, founder and president of Allergy & Asthma Network/Mothers of Asthmatics, and other members of the AANMA will co...

Body Worlds: Life Cycle in Chicago

By Katy Nielsen

April 4, 2011

One skinless human body balances in a tai chi position, two others collide mid-tackle and another throws a javelin. Down the hall, human brains, blackened lungs—damaged from years of smoking—and complete digestive systems behind glass cases fill the rooms of the Museum of Science and Industry, while curious spectators peer inside the human remains.This is Gunther von Hagens’ “Body Worlds & The Cycle of Life”...

The most dangerous jobs

By Katy Nielsen

April 4, 2011

Towering 200 feet above the pavement, strapped into harnesses, equipped with cleaning supplies and climbing gear, window washers squeegee off the glass of sky scrapers. Dangerous jobs are similar to extreme sports like mountain climbing because of the physical and mental pressures involved, and spring is the time of year when these jobs are in high demand.Tree care specialists, window washers and aerial lift specialists—pe...

How to: Become a basic runner

By Contributing Writer

March 28, 2011

by: Vanessa Morton, Contributing WriterExercising can be a daunting task. Finding time to go to the gym can be tough, and not everyone can afford a membership. Running in particular can be intimidating if people aren’t physically active.“A general misconception that might discourage someone from running is you have to be an athlete or go super fast,” said Kristin Ravel, part-time writing professor in the English Depart...

Northwestern critics miss the point

By Editorial Board

March 14, 2011

Northwestern University human sexuality professor John Michael Bailey came under fire in recent weeks for an after-class demonstration he held on Feb. 21. The optional demonstration involved a naked woman onstage being brought to orgasm multiple times by a mechanical sex toy. Approximately 120 students attended—all legal adults who were warned of the demonstration’s explicit nature and consented to be there. The risqu...

Stepping up the running routine for race

By J_Howard

October 4, 2010

The 26.2-mile Bank of America Chicago Marathon is less than a week away. Thousands of participants will gather in Grant Park looking to push themselves to the limit, physically and mentally, on Oct. 10.In preparation for the run, participants must train for months in advance by making not only personal investments, but financial investments in shoes and equipment to achieve their goals.“Right now, we’d hope they were pr...

Comfort food that’s sure to be a hit

By Bethany Reinhart

April 19, 2010

Although the weather is beginning to warm up, our desire for comfort food never quite cools down.One easy-to-make comfort food that will satisfy taste buds year-round is cheesy potato bake.This simple recipe takes less than 15 minutes to prepare, cooks for about an hour and is ready to serve fresh from the oven.It pairs well with anything from honey-glazed ham to hamburgers.This side dish is sure to be a hit with your frie...

A tasty foreign mess

By The Columbia Chronicle

April 12, 2010

Every summer of my youth I would visit my grandparents in Birmingham, England. In addition to the extremely competitive games of Scrabble between my grandmother and I, one of the things I looked forward to most was her traditional British cooking.To make enough Eton Mess to feed four, you need 20 ounces of full-fat whipping cream or extra heavy cream; 1/4 cup of water; 2 tablespoons of orange juice; 1 1/2 pounds of fresh str...

The Bug Snack

By JeffGraveline

March 15, 2010

It’s that time of night—the time of night when one is up late cramming for that last midterm and slowly the hunger bug creeps up. The question is: sweet or salty, crunchy or chewy? Decisions, decisions.Tomorrow’s exam can take a back seat, all one can think about are delicious snacks. Raiding the fridge, tearing through the cabinets and sweeping through the pantry only to find a few vegetables, a handful of raisins, a ...

Quick, easy jambalaya

By JeffGraveline

March 8, 2010

With a mother who is from the South, my house growing up was always full of fresh cooked meals. Grits, biscuits and anything one can think of as “Southern food” was on my plate. One of the best things my mom ever did, though, was introduce me to a tried and true Southern dish that tastes great and can be made on a college student’s budget—jambalaya.While many think of jambalaya as something that takes all day to make ...

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