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Moonset

By The Columbia Chronicle

March 8, 2010

by Marcia E. LazarI believe in omens, even if I don’t know what they mean. Take the spectacle of a golden moon setting. I woke up before dawn, before the earliest light brightened the sky, opened the blinds and looked toward the northwest horizon. There, at the edge of a dark, monolithic high-rise, a golden slice of light appeared. I stared as it grew larger, redder and expanded into a copper-colored sphere that slipped gently...

Missing Columbia student found dead

By LauraNalin

March 4, 2010

A Columbia student, majoring in photography, 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. The cause of death has not yet been released, according to The Chicago Police D...

Staff upset over union

By LauraNalin

March 1, 2010

As part of the ongoing story regarding the United Staff of Columbia College, US of CC, some members of the college’s staff said they feel as though the union’s contract agreement vote lacked communication, transparency and fairness.After years of negotiation, a vote was held on Feb. 10 by the US of CC regarding approval of the contract.  Members who  raised concerns are asking the union administration to release the...

Story Week 2010 to ‘bend genres’

By CiaraShook

March 1, 2010

The Fiction Writing Department is gearing up for their 14th annual  Story Week,  with this year’s installment offering a more diverse palette of guests, including Bread & Puppet Theater and headlining author Joyce Carol Oates.Columbia’s Story Week began as a three-day affair almost 15 years ago because Randy Albers, chair of the Fiction Writing Department, was inspired by a literary festival he visited years before i...

Industry Night amps up format

By BenitaZepeda

March 1, 2010

As graduating seniors’ college days begin to dwindle, many want just one more opportunity to meet professionals in their field and show off their talent.This year, the third annual Industry Night events are scheduled for May 11 through May 13, with Manifest and commencement completing the week.  This year’s industry night is unique because it has been reconstructed and expanded into a three-day event.In the past, Ind...

AlertWave notification system a work in progress

By CiaraShook

March 1, 2010

An alarm sounded Feb. 18 in campus buildings including the 33 E. Congress Parkway Building and the Music Center, 1014 S. Michigan Ave. Students, faculty and staff, confused by the tone, left the buildings.What they were actual hearing was a test of the AlertWave system, adopted by the college in late 2008. Bob Koverman, associate vice president of Campus Safety and security, who joined Columbia’s administration last spring...

ShopColumbia VANDALIZED

By Stephanie Saviola

March 1, 2010

ShopColumbia, the student-run gallery and store, was subject to an attempted break-in around 7 p.m. on Feb. 24.Officials reported that nothing was stolen or damaged inside the shop, located on the first floor of the Wabash Campus Building, 623 S. Wabash Ave., but the outside glass was cracked, and a door handle to one of the offices was kicked in and broken off.Security guards and shop workers declined to comment on the inciden...

If people have ears, let them hear

By The Columbia Chronicle

March 1, 2010

by Gabrielle “Ellie” WernerMusic is huge to me; I am the embodiment of that Hendrix quote, “Music is my religion.” In it, I have faith—faith to move mountains. I believe it will always be there.  I cannot picture any plane of existence where it does not exist.I cannot live without it. I want to be with it after I die and be surrounded by its warmth and love for eternity.Music is never exclusive. It lets everyone ...

Instructor’s passion becomes profession

By LauraNalin

February 22, 2010

Once a month, The Chronicle profiles people on campus who are doing interesting or important things. We’re always watching for faculty, staff and students with a story to tell. Here’s someone you should know.Music professor and award-winning bluesman Fernando Jones has been recognized by a number of media outlets for his work as a musician and for his book, “I Was There When the Blues Was Red Hot.” Jones’ hobbies i...

‘Avatar’ cinematographer re-visits campus

By CiaraShook

February 22, 2010

Mauro Fiore sat in an armchair before a filled auditorium at Film Row Cinema as part of the Conversations in the Arts series. He reminded students of the importance for everyone to find their own path.Students, faculty, alumni and members of the public sat in on a conversation between Bruce Sheridan, chair of the Film and Video Department, and filmmaker and alumnus Fiore on Feb. 16 at the 1104 Center, 1104 S. Wabash Ave.In...

Union contract raises concerns

By LauraNalin

February 22, 2010

A number of complaints have surfaced following the report of the union contract settlement. Some staff members at the college feel as though the United Staff of Columbia College, US of CC, was unclear about the voting process and feel the vote was misrepresentative of staff sentiment.As reported by The Chronicle on Feb. 15, after years of negotiations, the US of CC and the college’s administration came to a contract agreem...

My version of religion

By The Columbia Chronicle

February 22, 2010

Growing up, I was taught to believe in God, accept him as my savior and never question that. Religion was shoved down my throat, with my mother constantly reminding me to live through God and think about my decisions and actions so as not to upset this higher power. When I was younger, I listened to pretty much everything my mother said, so of course I believed in God—and Santa Claus, for that matter.Growing up, I attended ...

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