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Jalapeño-stuffed cheeseburgers

May 12, 2014

I like burgers, especially big burgers with cheese and jalapeños. However, I don’t like it when the cheese melts so much that it drips off the burger. I also hate it when my jalapeños fall out of the b...

How To: Plan a Vacation

By Dannis Valera

November 19, 2012

As the semester winds down, winter break gets closer and closer. Although a lot of people spend the time at home, it also is prime vacation time. The Chronicle sat with Christie Andersen, the Career Development Specialist at Columbia's Portfolio Center, and asked her for some tips.

Aram Saroyan visits, ‘Four Monologues’ bring unity

By Lisa Schulz

January 30, 2012

Despite the gloom of Russian poets’ thoughts during the Stalinist era, visiting artist Aram Saroyan could be seen smiling amid the audience as Columbia theater students rehearsed for his play’s first theatrical performance.On Jan. 25, Columbia students performed “Four Monologues,” a play based on the lives of four Russian poets, at the Poetry Foundation, 61 W. Superior St. Saroyan, a poet, novelist, playwright and bi...

Money talking money

By Amanda Murphy

March 14, 2011

In the past year, Columbia made strides toward a more promising financial position compared to that of the last several years.Or so said Columbia President Warrick L. Carter spoke at a faculty and staff convocation on March 11 about the college’s recent financial status. He explained the reasons behind some of the unpopular decisions Columbia’s administration made in recent months, such as staff cuts.“We’ve had some challe...

Craft beer catches on in Chicago

By Matt Watson

February 7, 2011

The bartender dashes back and forth, filling drinks and sliding them across the counter to eagerly waiting customers. Roughly 30 people crowd around the bar, laughing and trying to talk above the person squeezed in next to them. The dining area, filled with a mix of young hipsters and older professionals, is completely full. Glass windows cover the back wall, revealing giant fermenters and a man skimming sediment from a vat of...

Vacations essential to maintain physical, mental health

By Lauren Kelly

January 25, 2010

Columbia students looked forward to winter vacation so much during the last week of the Fall 2009 semester that their anticipation was almost palpable. As the week progressed, you could almost see the anxiety of finals fading away and the excitement for winter break brewing. After 15 weeks of tireless work, a five-week vacation was more than welcome.Vacations and rest are incredibly important for students and workers of all ...

Jazz’d Up

By Jazzy Davenport

December 14, 2009

Last week the world watched as Serena Williams, the best female tennis player in the world, lost her cool after being called for a foot-fault during the U.S. Open. The younger Williams sister has been criticized so much during the past week for her verbal attack on the lineswoman. She virtually had a meltdown in front of viewers worldwide and exposed us all to her potty mouth.I admit Serena was wrong and crossed the line. She should have never threatened to shove the tennis ball down the woman’s throat, and we don’t even know what else was said. However, athletes of all sports have meltdowns all of the time and rarely does it cost them the match, or in some sports, the game. The loss of temper is rarely the deciding factor in who wins or loses. So was Serena’s meltdown enough to cause her to be penalized to the extent that she would lose the match?Not taking anything away from Kim Clijsters, she’s a talented player and I think it’s incredible that she was able to win just 18 months after giving birth. However, was Serena’s meltdown such a big deal because of her actions or because of who she is? I’ll go with the latter. There have been several tennis players who have done things of that nature. Competitive, passionate athletes do it all of the time. It’s a part of the game. Those who are the best are often the ones who are seen arguing a call. They’re supposed to—especially when a seemingly bad call is made at a crucial point in the game. In Serena’s case, it was match point.So should Serena really be fined $10,500 for “aggravated behavior?” I understand that $10,500 is not much to her, especially because she received $350,000 in prize money for even reaching the semi-finals, but what exactly determines “aggravated behavior?” Beside the fact that Serena apologized for her behavior several times, Roger Federer had a run-in with a referee just two days later and was only fined $1,500.Unfair? I believe so. There is no way that Serena should have been fined nearly ten times as much as Federer was. Although Federer is the No. 1 male tennis player in the world, Serena is more popular and has a greater marketability than Federer.  So, because of her talent, appeal and influence, she must be held to greater standards, thus facing a greater penalty.At first this sounded a bit contradictory to me. However, I then realized that this is how things are supposed to operate. We sports fans are just used to seeing the superstar athletes get off easily.  I guess it doesn’t work like that in tennis.

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