My name is Olivia Butts and I'm apart of the Columbia Links 2016 summer program. I go to Kenwood Academy (c/o 2018) and I love writing & architecture. Follow my blog for more Columbia Links updates!
On Monday we went to the Field Museum and saw an exhibit curated by Alaka Wallie, and we got to see the TerraCotta Warrior exhibit and took a behind the scenes look at the birds and how they skin the birds and make their skeletons. Then we ate and came back to the college and dicussed the webcast which Anthony Atinkonde were anchors for. All in all, it was an exciting day.
Posted on August 10, 2016 at 2:49pm
This week, Columbia Links got on the street, discovering new neighborhoods. On Monday, we took a trip to the Indo-American Heritage Museum and Devon Ave. At the Heritage Center, Dorothy Shaw and Amita Bambrij taught us about the rich history of India and of Indian immigrants. We learned about the dress, food, language, and culture of Indians and how that culture is carried on by Indian immigrants and Indian-Americans. But the real adventure of the day is when we broke of into groups for a Devon Ave. scavenger hunt. My group, which had Mario, Anthony, Romye, and I, took a bit of a detour when we goty lost after we were supposed to meet for lunch. As we tried to gain some direction, Mario decided that we weren't going in the right direction and LEFT US! But we had to continue on. We walked up and down Devon Ave. for about 30 minutes in the hot sun. Anthony, Romye and I were exhausted. We decided to sit on a bench and ponder our impending doom. It was hot, so I suggested that we cross…Continue
Posted on July 30, 2016 at 6:30pm
This week at Columbia Links, we dived in to the world of broadcast journalism.On Tuesday, we went to the NPR offices at Navy Pier and met with Sarah Karp, who let us into the realm of radio journalism and let us listen to many of her stories that gave her her name at WBEZ and helped with the investigation of former CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett. After that, we took a stroll on the river walk and got on the 29 back to Columbia. Later that day, we met Valerie Goodloe, a s easoned and accomplished photojounalist, and talked with her about how an increasing number of teenage girls and women are joining gangs. We watched a portion of her documentary,…Continue
Posted on July 21, 2016 at 2:45pm
by: Amber O’Sullivan
Olivia Butts is a 15 year girl from Kenwood Academy High School. Aside from journalism, Olivia loves architecture. Her interest for architecture sparked in 8th grade when her class had to choose a building in Downtown Chicago and had to write about it. Olivia currently lives in Chatham with her mom, dad, and her 13 year old sister. Other interest of Olivia is shopping,doing her hair, and reading about different cultures, specifically, African American cultures. Olivia loves to talk about things cultures with her friends. Her family is very religious. She basically grew up in church. As a person, Olivia has been through a lot not only with her family but her own self. Olivia believes that, growing up in the church has made her humble. Some of Olivia’s favorite shows are Jane the Virgin, Grey’s Anatomy, Glee, and Bob’s Burgers. Also, Olivia favorite albums are Acid…Continue
Posted on July 19, 2016 at 1:33pm
For the past couple days at Columbia Links, we have been talking about "what's trending" in the news currently. From the police murders of Alton Sterling (July 5, 2016 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana) and Philando Castile (July 6, 2016 in Falcon Heights, Minnesota) to the Serena Williams winning her 7th Wimbelton title and her 22nd Grand Slam , making history and securing her place as one of the best athletes of all time, we have dived in head first into the world of news, both political and cultural. Before becoming a student at Columbia Links, I didn't really pay close attention to the news that didn't directly affect me because honestly, reading the news depressed me and diminished my hope. I found that, a lot of the times, the news only represented what…Continue
Posted on July 14, 2016 at 2:51pm