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BREAKING: Faculty Senate Executive Committee offers message of solidarity, supports new Black Faculty and Staff at Columbia group

BREAKING: Faculty Senate Executive Committee offers message of solidarity, supports new Black Faculty and Staff at Columbia group

June 6, 2020

  With the intention of enacting change and offering support, the Faculty Senate is backing a new Black Faculty and Staff at Columbia group to provide "a space to discuss issues that impact Black ...

Drag performers use virtual platform to deliver music videos by lip syncing and dancing.

Drag community thrives in online setting during pandemic

June 2, 2020

On a typical Saturday night, Benjamin Bradshaw can be found hosting the Drag Matinee show at Berlin Nightclub among a sea of strobe lights and blaring music. But due to the pandemic, Bradshaw, a d...

The debate on student health insurance: Columbia is 'staying out of it'

The debate on student health insurance: Columbia is ‘staying out of it’

June 1, 2020

Unlike some colleges and universities in the city, Columbia does not provide health insurance to all students, leaving most to rely on local commercial or government-funded plans, their p...

Hybrid courses, a combination of in-person and online instruction, will be offered at Columbia for the Summer term if Illinois enters phase four of Gov. J.B. Pritzker's five-phase plan by July.

Hybrid courses: the future of combined in-person and online summer classes

May 28, 2020

Shanna VanDerwerker, an adjunct faculty member in the Theatre Department, has never taught a hybrid course before, but this summer she will be one of 15 instructors teaching both online and in-person. VanDerwerker will be teaching “Musical Th...

The pandemic in pictures: Coronavirus sends photography students to a collaborative final project

The pandemic in pictures: Coronavirus sends photography students to a collaborative final project

May 28, 2020

Masked individuals walk down vacant sidewalks—in one photo a woman carries an abundance of groceries, and a man crosses the street in his work uniform in another. The images, made by senior Lud...

Riad Ismat, prolific writer and scholar with 'invaluable' knowledge

Riad Ismat, prolific writer and scholar with ‘invaluable’ knowledge

May 27, 2020

For Sami Hussain Ismat, his father will be remembered as determined and honest, with a love for humor, weekend morning sports games and being among others. Writer, theatre scholar and former adju...

Change in location: International students face challenges amid coronavirus pandemic

Change in location: International students face challenges amid coronavirus pandemic

May 27, 2020

Pablo Aguilar, a junior cinema art and science major and international student from Ecuador, drifted between different housing for more than a month before returning home April 30. When campus bui...

Faculty and staff given the opportunity to attend one of three forums to discucss plan for re-opening the campus.

BREAKING: Staff and faculty to participate in campus re-opening forums

May 22, 2020

Updated May 28 at 8 p.m. with additional, newly scheduled forum dates.   Next week faculty and staff will have the opportunity to participate in online forums discussing Columbia's tentative...

New Title IX regulations, remote service amid the pandemic could create 'mass chaos' at colleges

New Title IX regulations, remote service amid the pandemic could create ‘mass chaos’ at colleges

May 22, 2020

On top of transitioning Title IX services and resources online in recent weeks, colleges' Title IX offices now have just three months to implement controversial new federal regulations. Title IX changes Col...

'Zoombombing' disrupts online learning, causing anxiety for some instructors

‘Zoombombing’ disrupts online learning, causing anxiety for some instructors

May 21, 2020

Christopher Shaw was ready for his first online "Introduction to Statistics" class to begin, but as students logged onto Zoom, he was struck by a surprise attendee—a Zoombomber. Shaw, an associate profe...

Chicago theatre community journeys ‘over the rainbow’ to connect with audience

May 20, 2020

When Ed Rutherford read a New York Times article about how rich people were preparing for the coronavirus pandemic, he was inspired to produce a show based on this idea. Unable to put on the show in-person...

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Second City students keep laughter alive during pandemic

May 20, 2020

After cracking a joke, junior comedy and performance major Case Lowe waited for laughter and sounds of amusement, but instead received a grid of thumbs-up and clapping emojis from classmates on Zoom. ...

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