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Caring about Obamacare

January 27, 2014

Since the halting October rollout of the Affordable Care Act, more than 2.2 million Americans have bought health insurance using the government’s website, and young people are no exception. As of the end of 2013, approximately 25 percent of those enrolled are 18–34 years old, according to a Jan. 13 Department of Health and Human Services enrollment report.Despite the conservative media outcry that the Obama administration fai...

Yoko No-no

By Sophia Coleman

December 3, 2012

Exploiting the legacy of John Lennon is commonplace for Yoko Ono, but this time she’s taken it too far with her new fashion line inspired by her late husband’s naughty bits.Ono launched her debut collection, “Fashions for Men: 1969–2012,” Nov. 27 in New York for global retailer Opening Ceremony. She told Women’s Wear Daily that her inspirations included Lennon’s “very sexy bod” and his most admired attributes, which based ...

Minnelli musical dazzles chicago

By Trevor Ballanger

November 26, 2012

Her mother took audiences over the rainbow in “The Wizard of Oz,” she sang and danced her way to an Oscar for her part in the 1972 film “Cabaret” and today Hollywood veteran Liza Minnelli is giving Chicago the old razzle-dazzle as the inspiration for a new play titled “WeThree Lizas.”While Minnelli doesn’t actually make an appearance in the production, which runs through Dec. 23 at Steppenwolf Theatre, 1650 ...

Obama put in hip-hop spotlight

By The Columbia Chronicle

September 17, 2012

By Tyler Eagle, Contributing WriterA Columbia event, Rap Sessions: Community Dialogues on Hip-Hop, hosted a panel of hip-hop activists and analysts from across the country who discussed the importance of the 2012 presidential election, among other topics.The panel, held in the Conaway Center, 1104 S. Wabash Ave., on Sept. 13 touched on President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign, the Tea Party movement,  the media, the ...

Chicago Cultural Plan 2012 Town hall held at Columbia

By Heather Scroering

February 20, 2012

Imagine a Chicago where art classes are taught daily in public schools. Picture it as a European capital of culture, an even more robust and vivacious city. Ideas such as these are what the Chicago Cultural Plan 2012 seeks to turn into reality.The cultural plan is an initiative launched by the city to heighten public interest in art and culture around Chicago by developing communities and cultural leadership. Columbia kicke...

Foul Play: The Truth Behind Child Abuse in Sports

By Nader Ihmoud

November 28, 2011

Though youth coaches are typically tasked with the development of children, the normally close relationships can, at times, be subjectto abuse.Coaches, as leaders and role models, are generally concerned with developing the young athlete’s skill and dedication, guiding and mentoring them toward success. However, in some instances, the educator takes advantage of his or her role, as happened in the recent Pennsylvania Stat...

Browser tab mobs no longer threat

By Lisa Schulz

November 7, 2011

Somewhere buried beneath 12 Internet browser tabs lies the user’s long-lost, original intention of commanding a computer to hum to life. Several hours and many tabs later, an exasperated sigh comes from the typical, modern-day Web surfer. If only there was a quicker way to catch the best waves in the infinite website sea.With a similar thought, three Columbia graduates and one student applied to be part of MentorMob.com,...

Soda got popped

By Nader Ihmoud

November 7, 2011

Teenagers beware—drinking too many non-diet soft drinks may spark violent behavior.A study published on Oct. 24 in the journal “Injury Prevention”—titled “The ‘Twinkie Defense’: The relationship between carbonated non-diet soft drinks and violence perpetration among Boston high school students”—suggests that adolescents who drink more than five cans of non-diet soft drinks per week are more likely to carry a weapon...

City offers unique program for gang-affected youth

By Darryl Holliday

October 25, 2010

The city is putting a new philosophy into action with high school youth affected by gang violence.The Chicago Police Department’s Gang School Safety Team, which initially began among 25 schools in CPD’s Area 1 this March, is expanding to include schools in Area 2 as well. Combined, the two areas cover the entire South Side.The program is a unique collaboration between CPD, Chicago Public Schools and the Cook County Juv...

Ministry brings service to streets

By Darryl Holliday

October 5, 2010

A small crowd gathered at the corner of Wilson Avenue and Hazel Street before the bus pulled in. Some talked among themselves while others waited quietly and expectantly for The Night Ministry to arrive.The ministry’s health outreach mobile is more of a large camping trailer similar to the size of a tour bus. The inside is fitted with seats and compartment-like stations one might expect at a hospital. The medical room is stocked with supplies...

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