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Give us a break?

By Kaiti Deerberg

May 3, 2009

Construction crews have been working nonstop on South Wabash Avenue all semester in an effort to reconstruct the roadway. But Columbia administrators are working to ensure that the construction does not interfere with Manifest.Caroline Caliguiri, operations manager of the Office of Facilities and Operations, wrote to the Chicago Department of Transportation requesting to have construction halted or slowed on May 15 for the ...

Colleges clash, show off ‘big mouths’

By Kaiti Deerberg

May 3, 2009

Columbia's biggest mouths are set to take a different stage and face brand new competition for the Campus Clash on May 5 at Metro, 3730 N. Clark St.In December, the Student Programming Board began brainstorming ideas to create a talent competition showcasing students from Columbia, DePaul University and Roosevelt University."We wanted to do something bigger than Biggest Mouth, so we decided on a Campus Clash, where we brought sch...

Gym closure yields tight fitness classes

By Jazzy Davenport

May 3, 2009

Students swayed side to side with the beat of a Brazilian drum, getting ready to set up their next move during a Wednesday night Capoeira martial arts class at Columbia. One of the 12 students in the class then called out, "Now everybody, don't hit the lights," during a drill referring to the low ceiling lighting in the Residence Center, 731 S. Plymouth Court.Since the closing of the Roosevelt University Herman Crown Center, ...

Increased campus thefts spur investigation

By Timothy Bearden

April 26, 2009

Concerns about security on campus have been a pressing issue throughout the past year. But in light of an increasing number of thefts, the college is taking new strides to increase campus safety and security, not only to combat thefts, but to ensure the overall safety of students and faculty. On Feb. 19, the college announced the appointment of Robert Koverman to a newly created position of associate vice president...

Emergency center new for Manifest

By Lauren Kelly

April 26, 2009

An expanded and more organized security system will be in place during this year's Manifest on May 15.In past years, the festival has had an emergency hotline and e-mail service available for attendees, as well as increased security personnel on campus. On the day of Manifest, the old system will be in place, along with a new command center to be located on the 5th floor of the 916 Building, 916 S. Wabash Ave."It's a central loc...

‘One Tree Makes a Difference’ this Arbor Week

By mlekovic

April 26, 2009

Chicago school children in all 50 wards were bound together by a unique ribbon project that honored trees on Arbor Day, April 24.More than 2,000 fourth graders wrote passages on green ribbons about why trees are important to them. They were hung on an elm tree proudly named Triumph, after President Barack Obama’s triumphant victory speech on Michigan Avenue, according to Gina Tedesco, spokeswoman for the Morton Arboretum, whic...

International Students Organization finally official

By Rachael Ryan

April 26, 2009

Adriana Mendez moved to Chicago from Venezuela, her native country, more than two years ago to study at Columbia. Mendez came to Chicago to learn English and because her parents wanted a better life and education for her. Like many immigrants, Mendez suffered from an identity crisis upon arrival-not quite belonging here, but not quite belonging in her own country, either.Mendez is one of the 154 international students stud...

Self-defense program faces low attendance

By Spencer L. Roush

April 26, 2009

Columbia has begun offering free self-defense classes for students to learn safety and security tips so they never have to be victims, said Sensei Terrance Hicks Jr., a Columbia graduate and self-defense instructor.As April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, it would seem to be appropriate for self-defense classes to begin April 6. The student turnout, however, has been very low, so Hicks is working overtime to promote the ...

Illinois works for immigrant rights

By Ashley Badgley

April 26, 2009

The Pew Hispanic Center just released its latest report on the number of illegal immigrants in the United States, and Illinois is, according to the report, seeing an increase in its immigrant population.The report, “A Portrait of Unauthorized Immigrants in the United States,” states that Illinois ranks eighth in the country for the number of illegal immigrants, with an estimated 450,000 illegal immigrants living throug...

College turns to bonds to fund new building

By Jazzy Davenport

April 26, 2009

In the past year, Columbia officials have worked to raise funds to finance the college's first new building, the Media Production Center, which is expected to open spring 2010. So far, only $7 million has been raised to fund the $21 million building.On April 21, Eric Winston, vice president of Institutional Advancement, said that the college had raised $6 million toward the new project. However, Allen Turner, chairman of the...

VIDEO: Columbia celebrates earth day in a new, green way

April 26, 2009

Eco-friendly organizations, businesses and students presented various options to live green at Columbia's 1st Annual Eco-Fair held at the Conaway Center in the 1104 Center, 1104 S. Wabash Ave., on April 22....

Student band explores mind through music

By Katherine Kaye

April 19, 2009

Eccentric, edgy and electric are words that describe the sound of Fluid Minds, a Columbia student band that will be featured at this year's Manifest celebration on May 15.The band is comprised of three Chicago natives, Frank Clayton (bass, saxophone, flute, keys and vocals), Christian Rogala (drums, organ, percussion and vocals) and John Gray (guitar and vocals). All of the members, however, are well versed in many instrume...

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