The Columbia Chronicle

Tuition increases, students’ reaction mixed

By LauraNalin

March 29, 2010

As reported by The Chronicle on March 15, Columbia will increase tuition and fees by 3.3 percent for undergraduate students and 5 percent for graduate students for the 2010-2011 academic year. The college plans to allocate 2 percent of the generated revenue into the scholarship pool for the new scholarship initiative to aid incoming students.Each year the college’s administration undergoes an analysis by Mike DeSalle, chief financial advis...

Truth about online evaluations

By CiaraShook

March 29, 2010

At the conclusion of each semester, students who log into their Oasis accounts receive a notification about their course evaluations. The few who take time to complete these evaluations send the tabulation into the great abyss of the Internet.Most students continue studying for finals, but some may wonder where their evaluations go or how they are used.“I don’t see the point of it,” said Daniel Hill, sophomore music c...

Photography Department cuts credit hours

By BenitaZepeda

March 29, 2010

When it comes time for students to register for the fall 2010 semester, Photography Department students will find that all four-credit courses have been changed to three-credit courses.The change was considered and reviewed by the Photography Department Curriculum Committee for more than  a year. The commitee submitted the proposal in January to Eliza Nichols, Dean of the School of Fine and Performing Arts, and the change was ...

‘Keep writing—no matter what’

By CiaraShook

March 15, 2010

As a writer, Aleksandar “Sasha” Hemon said he believes it is hard to create something within the privacy of one’s mind and to expose the creation to strangers.“This transference from a very personal space to a very public space is hard and you offer something you spend six, nine or 10 years thinking about,” Hemon said.In just one decade, Hemon has published four books and countless articles, op-eds and columns in English a...

The state of a ‘student-focused’ institution

By CiaraShook

March 15, 2010

Warrick L. Carter, president of Columbia, said although enrollment was down for the 2009-10 academic year, prospective students still display great interest in attending.Carter gave his annual State of the College address before faculty, staff and a handful of students on March 10. The State of the College Address was hosted by Columbia’s Student Government Association. Carter spoke of Columbia’s achievements, challeng...

Tuition increase to benefit students

By LauraNalin

March 15, 2010

Following an annual analysis led by Mike DeSalle, vice president of business affairs and Chief Financial Officer of the college, Columbia’s Board of Trustees approved a 3.3 percent raise in tuition and fees for undergraduates and a 5 percent increase for graduate students for the upcoming 2010-2011 academic year.Within the past five years, the college has kept its increases to under  5 percent, which is below the national...

Restructuring the Science Institute

By BenitaZepeda

March 15, 2010

Columbia’s Provost and Senior Vice President Steve Kapelke announced on March 1 that the Science Institute will be restructured and become part of the Science and Math Department after operating independently for about 19 years.The Science Institute, an initiative founded by Zafra Lerman, former head of the Science Institute, was launched on Sept. 1, 1991. The restructuring comes shortly after the removal of Lerman from ...

Recognition of community media

By The Columbia Chronicle

March 15, 2010

by Kwame ShorterContributing WriterJournalists and editors across the Chicago media landscape gathered for the Studs Terkel Community Media Awards benefit March 10 at the Chicago Cultural Center to praise journalists who have produced work reporting on underserved communities.The awards also allowed Community Media Workshop, a nonprofit organization partnered closely with Columbia, the opportunity to generate funds from its s...

Sparse turnout at College Council

By CiaraShook

March 8, 2010

The March meeting of the College Council was executed in a quick but thorough manner as many members of the board were not in attendance.Administrators not present included Steven Kapelke, provost and senior vice president; Alicia Berg, vice president of campus environment; Louise Love, vice president for Academic Affairs and a handful of faculty members who missed the monthly meeting on March 5 in the 1104 Center, 1104 S....

Annual gallery honors student work

By LauraNalin

March 8, 2010

The opening reception for Columbia’s 17th annual “Hokin Honors” exhibition was held on March 4. The exhibition, located in the Hokin Annex of the Wabash Campus Building, 623 S. Wabash Ave., features various work by students who were selected by faculty members.The room holds 54 pieces of art created by 17 students in majors including photography, fashion design, art and design, interactive arts and media and film and v...

‘I will carry him in my heart forever’

By LauraNalin

March 8, 2010

A Columbia photography student was found dead on March 2 in the Little Calumet River at 126th Street and Stony Island Avenue. The body was identified by the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office as 20-year-old Jay Polhill, of Lena, Ill.Polhill was last seen outside of his University Center dormitory, 525 S. State St., on Feb. 28. As of press time the cause of death had not yet been released, according to The Chicago Poli...

Captivity concerns

By Bethany Reinhart

March 8, 2010

Things at SeaWorld in Orlando, Fla., have returned to normal. Killer whale shows including “Believe” have resumed, money is pouring in and the media blitz surrounding trainer Dawn Brancheau’s death has subsided. Here in Chicago, Brancheau was laid to rest March 1 at St. Rita of Cascia Shrine Chapel on the city’s South Side.Although headlines have faded about Brancheau’s violent death and Tilikum, the killer whale responsible...

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