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Fashion Show dazzles

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By   3 months ago

Family and friends of COD’s fashion studies program gathered in SRC 2000, last Friday (April 25), for a runway show celebrating student designs. “Dazzle” is the 2014 installment of the annual student fashion show. Showcasing over 40 looks from 15 designers, the backstage area before the show was surprisingly calm. Volunteer models glittered from head […]

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Festival fashion guide

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By   4 months ago

Festival fashion has become today’s hot, new summer style. Festival-goers dress from head to toe in fun, head-turning outfits. Hippie, neon, fringe, crochet, denim and bright colors – these ensembles are bursting with energy and spirit. Music festival fashion has given us a way to express our restless imaginations and creative minds. With each show […]

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College launches $290k rebranding on campus

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By   5 months ago

After 18 months of development, College of DuPage unveiled its new branding efforts yesterday on campus. Banners, door decals and other promotional decorations displaying the college’s new tagline, “Welcome to the New School of Thought,” greeted students and faculty as they entered the main campus’ buildings. The rebranding efforts will help communicate the college’s current status […]

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The Bare Minimum: How the minimum wage debate affects you

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By   5 months ago

–Article by Haroon Atcha     special to The Courier If you work full time in Illinois at a minimum wage job, you earn about $660 each paycheck before taxes. For a regular college student, that money has to stretch pretty far. Books, tuition, gas, rent, food and insurance are just the basic necessities of life […]

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GMOhNo?

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By   6 months ago

Old MacDonald had a farm… ee – i – G – M – O. Genetically modified organisms are a hot topic right now. Across the country, people are calling for the mandatory labeling of any and all food containing them. In Hawaii, an incredibly important state for crop development, two islands have already passed sweeping […]

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Sochi Preview: Games Explained (Old & New)

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By   6 months ago

Curling, skeleton, bobsled…oh my! Three obscure events are must-sees at this year’s winter games. Whether you have watched  before or not, these are unusual but very exciting. Skeleton combines speed and skill as the athletes lunge head-first, down an icy slope. If you haven’t checked it out in years past, you might want to tune into […]

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Sochi Preview: Team USA Gear

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By   6 months ago

Ralph Lauren This year’s uniforms are 100% made in America after the fashion brand was attacked for outsourcing to China in 2012. Team USA will rock a patchwork sweater for the opening ceremony, in which 40 vendors from around the nation had a hand in designing. The sweater, along with red, white, and navy knit […]

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SPEED DATING + MUSICAL CHAIRS = SPEED FAITHING

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By   3 months ago

By Jordin Gignac The Interfaith Student Alliance  hosted their first public event in the Student Lounge last Thursday. Sarah Lapp, president of Interfaith, thought to bring speed dating and religion together and call it “speed faithing.” Several groups of student participants like, Muslim Student Association members and Interfaith members, engaged in a musical chairs-esque religion […]

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College launches charity arm

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By   3 months ago

Kicking off with a balloon drop and ice cream social, College of DuPage launched COD Cares, the college’s community service program, on April 29. Students, staff and administrators packed backpacks for local children and wrote notes to veterans in the Student Services Center. COD Cares also encouraged people to donated a variety of goods to […]

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Officials say education farm moving to Danada

By   3 months ago

College of DuPage and the Forest Preserve of DuPage County have reached a tentative agreement to move the Community Education Farm to Danada Forest Preserve, according to a college press release. Officials from COD and the Forest Preserve propose the farm be relocated to a one-acre site at Butterfield Rd. and Naperville Rd. Speaking to […]

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Community farm food for thought

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By   4 months ago

Just weeks after rebranding the college, “the new school of thought,” the administration has decided to eliminate the Community Education Farm. Those two ideas – the rebranding and the farm – seem separate, but when examined together reveal something troubling about the school we attend. The loss of the farm is a bummer in its […]

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Balancing high school and college friendships

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By   4 months ago

In high school, most of us attached to a particular crowd or group, and essentially found our “place.” Mine was with the “popular” kids who partied every weekend, ditched school and parked our shiny cars in the staff parking spots. Thankfully we all jumped off our high horses in college and learned drunk photos on […]

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How should the U.S. respond to Russia in Crimea?

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By   4 months ago

Haroon Atcha // Political Columnist With the annexation of Crimea, Vladimir Putin has called our bluff. Our tough talk has in the end, not amounted to much. Crimea isn’t worth the fight to America, and Western Europe can’t live without Russia’s investments. That being said, the sovereignty of borders must be respected and we shouldn’t […]

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Board meeting highlights

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By   4 months ago

Non-discrimination policies set to include gender identity College of DuPage is set to include language in its equal employment and non-discrimination policies aimed at protecting transgender individuals. Revised drafts of policies 15-5, 15-10 and 20-5 were presented for first reading at last Thursday’s board of trustees meeting. If passed, these policies will officially prohibit harassment […]

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Let’s get real: students raise awareness on body image

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By   3 months ago

Services students at the college hosted an event that offered displays and presentations on body image. Every semester, the Advocacy and Human Services class is assigned a group advocacy project that is supposed to reach a campus-wide audience. The class of 15 decided to make their event target body image because of the growing pressures […]

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Running on empty

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By   3 months ago

I hate running, from a very deep, and very personal part of my soul. I’m a pretty physically awkward dude to begin with. When I was younger, you might have referred to me as an “inside kid.” Combine that with stubby legs and a generally apathetic attitude towards fitness, and it makes an activity not […]

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Bike the Drive chooses student’s design

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By   3 months ago

Graphic design student, Pete Surges was recently announced as the winner of a T-shirt design contest for Chicago’s “Bike the Drive.” An annual event where bike riders enjoy five hours of car-free riding along 30 scenic miles of the city. Surges submitted his design idea in early March, nervous to go up against huge city […]

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Pride Alliance gets their Gatsby on

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By   4 months ago

COD’s Pride Alliance promotes awareness, and educates on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning and straight issues with regard to diversity of sexual orientation. They have held dances for the LGBTQ community in the past and are holding their second annual drag show April 11. This year, the theme is 1920s with a more modern twist. […]

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Mario Tricoci: from barbershop apprentice to free spirit entrepreneur

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By   6 months ago

The Business & Technology Division, Center for Entrepreneurship, Continuing Education and Busi- ness Solutions at College of DuPage sponsored a visit from globally recognized salon owner Mario Tricoci, on Tuesday. Tricoci shared the details of his journey to success and how he was able to build his brand to what it is today. The Italian […]

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Guess Who’s Back: We show you what $59 MILLION looks like

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By   6 months ago

A kind of new-car smell wafted through the standing-room only MAC theater for President Breuder’s spring semester opening remarks, the first of which was “I hope Santa was good to you!” For presently enrolled students and faculty, it would seem Santa has been overly generous this year as we return to the opening of three […]

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Publishing Peers

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By   8 months ago

Rosalie DeAstis // Features Editor For over twenty years, COD’s artists, poets, and storytellers have been expressing their creative passions through the college’s liberal arts magazine, Prairie Light Review. The winter 2013 publication will be distributed today at the PLR Magazine launch party 6-8 PM in SSC 1200.   Storyteller brings talent to PLR  “I […]

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Holiday Special!

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By   8 months ago

    The holiday season is filled with shopping, food, family, parties, and celebration. For those that have lost someone close to them, a dark place of grief lurks under all of these festivities as a reminder of the hole that sits where this missing person used to. While the holidays are a time to […]

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Rant: Too much to rant about

By   3 months ago

I’m annoyed that I have too many things to complain about that I couldn’t find one thing to rant about. But I guess one thing to highlight is how I’ll drop you like a hotcake if you think it’s OK to hang out with my ex after I considered you a best friend. How is […]

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Fashion Show dazzles

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By   3 months ago

Family and friends of COD’s fashion studies program gathered in SRC 2000, last Friday (April 25), for a runway show celebrating student designs. “Dazzle” is the 2014 installment of the annual student fashion show. Showcasing over 40 looks from 15 designers, the backstage area before the show was surprisingly calm. Volunteer models glittered from head […]

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Ramen noodles: You think you know, but you have no idea

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By   4 months ago

The touchstone of the college student. It always feels incredibly satisfying to be so full from a 39 cent meal. Microwaveable ramen is the largest of any average college student’s necessary food groups, but that little package of dry noodles is a far cry from the real thing. You might not think it, but the […]

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Chicago Jazz Philharmonic pays tribute to NOLA at the MAC

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By   4 months ago

The Chicago Jazz Philharmonic played the MAC on Saturday, taking over the Belushi Performance Hall with “Mardi Gras Carnival: A Salute to New Orleans.” Orbert Davis directed the show, which according to him was, “a celebration of the culture and the freedom of musical interpretation that happened [in New Orleans].” The performance started of with […]

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Straight Talk: Trust is a must

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By   4 months ago

“My boyfriend wants to be with me 24/7. I work full-time and go to school part-time, so it’s really difficult to juggle everything lately. I’ve been very focused on my grades so there have been a lot of nights where I stay home to study instead of hanging out with him. I just want him […]

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Rant: Why Hallmark movies are a waste

By   4 months ago

Okay, to everyone who enjoys watching Hallmark movies, I am sorry for this. Hallmark movies suck. They lack everything a movie is and still get hours and hours of TV time. From the horrible acting and editing skills to the plot lacking substance, all Hallmark movies should be banned from ever being shown to the […]

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Listen: Recess

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By   4 months ago

You’ve gotta hand it to the bass man – he’s got guts. EDM’s reigning champion, Sonny Moore returns to the scene in a big way with the release of “Recess,” just in time for festival season. The growth on the first ever, full-length Skrillex album is palpable, pertaining to both the evolution of the Los Angeles […]

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Watch: Muppets Most Wanted

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By   4 months ago

By James Driscoll // Arts columnist The Muppets sing about how sequels are hard to pull off and the story just isn’t usually as good as the first in a funny opening tune aptly named, “We’re Doing a Sequel.” Sadly, however, the song ultimately foreshadows what is right and wrong with the film. The story […]

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Let’s get real: students raise awareness on body image

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By   3 months ago

Services students at the college hosted an event that offered displays and presentations on body image. Every semester, the Advocacy and Human Services class is assigned a group advocacy project that is supposed to reach a campus-wide audience. The class of 15 decided to make their event target body image because of the growing pressures […]

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Straight Talk: Trust is a must

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By   4 months ago

“My boyfriend wants to be with me 24/7. I work full-time and go to school part-time, so it’s really difficult to juggle everything lately. I’ve been very focused on my grades so there have been a lot of nights where I stay home to study instead of hanging out with him. I just want him […]

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Watch: Muppets Most Wanted

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By   4 months ago

By James Driscoll // Arts columnist The Muppets sing about how sequels are hard to pull off and the story just isn’t usually as good as the first in a funny opening tune aptly named, “We’re Doing a Sequel.” Sadly, however, the song ultimately foreshadows what is right and wrong with the film. The story […]

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Spring break in the burbs

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By   4 months ago

The car’s all packed, the cooler’s full and  your friend made what he promises to be “the best road trip playlist ever, seriously dude.” It’s spring break, and you’re road tripping down to PCB or PBR or whatever acronym the kids are flocking to these days. That is, unless, you don’t live in a low […]

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The unusual suspects; weird instruments that rock

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By   4 months ago

2013 was the year of the banjo. Led by bands like Mumford and Sons, the modern folk-rock scene has fully matured, and with it, a slew of instruments new to mainstream ears. Gone are the simple days of guitar, drums, bass, and microphone – sometimes a keyboard, but even that was a bonus. Now, every band […]

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How should the U.S. respond to Russia in Crimea?

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By   4 months ago

Haroon Atcha // Political Columnist With the annexation of Crimea, Vladimir Putin has called our bluff. Our tough talk has in the end, not amounted to much. Crimea isn’t worth the fight to America, and Western Europe can’t live without Russia’s investments. That being said, the sovereignty of borders must be respected and we shouldn’t […]

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Jail’s revolving door, why it won’t stop turning

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By   4 months ago

By Bob McCaffrey // News contributor Lock the door and throw away the key. Out of sight, out of mind. As a correctional officer who works inside the Cook County jail, I see firsthand how that pretty much sums up how society deals with crime and punishment. My opinions about incarceration piggyback on political columnist […]

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Athlete spotlight: Casey Waltemath

By   3 months ago

Chapparal high jumper, Casey Waltemath, reflects on track and field season while anticipating nationals. Waltemath is in her last year of track and has had a record of  5 feet, 4 inches in high jump. Anything you’ve done you never thought you’d try or achieve? I really increased on my weight lifting this year, I […]

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Chaps on track to national championships

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By   3 months ago

The Chaparral track and field team reaffirmed their progress on the track as they finished strong in the regional championship at Illinois College in Jacksonville, Ill. Both the men’s and women’s team finished second place overall. Matt Wilhite, in his second season as head track and field coach, says the talent level has increased in […]

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White Out, Oshie In

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By   5 months ago

Heading into the third week of events at the Sochi Olympic Winter Games, the U.S. is finally breaking into its stride. After a bit of a rough start opening weekend, Team USA has climbed to the top of the medal leader board among the Dutch, Norway and host country Russia. Germany leads the gold medal […]

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Sochi Preview: Games Explained (Old & New)

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By   6 months ago

Curling, skeleton, bobsled…oh my! Three obscure events are must-sees at this year’s winter games. Whether you have watched  before or not, these are unusual but very exciting. Skeleton combines speed and skill as the athletes lunge head-first, down an icy slope. If you haven’t checked it out in years past, you might want to tune into […]

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P.E. Building set to open

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By   8 months ago

Kelly Weese // Sports Editor The much-anticipated opening of the P.E. Center is finally approaching. The 24 million dollar project will give COD students and athletics program a state of the art facility to use. The week of Jan. 6th, right before spring semester begins, is when the center is expected to re-open. Although the […]

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Weese’s Picks

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By   8 months ago

Kelly Weese // Sports Editor The college football bowl season is here and the Courier sports editor makes his call on all 35 NCAA bowl games.  

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Chaps downed in Carrier Dome

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By   8 months ago

By Kelly Weese // Sports Editor After finishing the regular season with a 7-3 record, the COD football team received an invitation to travel to Syracuse, N.Y., to play in the 2013 Carrier Dome Bowl against ASA College.  November 22, 2013 The Chaparral offense, which has been inconsistent all season, was unable to score a […]

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Morton College stumps Chaps comeback

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By   8 months ago

Kelly Weese // Sports Editor  The Chaps men’s basketball team has had trouble finding a rhythm through the first five games of the season. After a win in their first game, the Chaps have found themselves on a 4-game losing skid. The visiting Morton College Panthers proved to be too tough for the Chaps. The […]

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