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Media Production Center virtual tour

By Cristina Aguirre

January 25, 2010

The Film and Video Department is on the move with the opening of the Media Production Center (MPC). The newly constructed building opens to students in the beginning of spring semester. This is Columbia College Chicago's first academic building commissioned by the college in its 120 years existence. The building is designed to initially fit the needs of students in the Film and Video, Interactive Arts and Media and Televisio...

Film and Video faculty member dies

By LauraNalin

January 25, 2010

Ric Coken, the man responsible for the sound mixing in the documentary classic, “Hoop Dreams,” and a longtime staff member in Columbia’s Film and Video Department, died on Dec. 31, 2009.Coken was a member of the college’s family from 1996 through 2008, serving as a full-time faculty member and assistant chair to both Michael Rabinger and Bruce Sheridan. However, Coken played a huge role in the college community as a par...

Faculty, staff have begun to give back

By BenitaZepeda

January 25, 2010

Scholarships are a vital part of student survival, due to the rising costs of higher education and unstable economic conditions.  At Columbia, various faculty and staff members have joined together to “create change” and help ease the financial burden students face.The success of the new Faculty and Staff Scholarship Initiative lies directly within the hands of employees of the college. From staff members in building maint...

Someone you should know: Nick Trentacost

By CiaraShook

January 25, 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.Nick Trentacost graduated from Columbia in December 2009 and has made a swift transition from college to career by working for Clandestine Industries and Chicago firm Upper Cut Management, in which he manages two...

Classes slashed across campus

By LauraNalin

January 25, 2010

What appears to be one of the most severe course cancellations in the college’s history took place last week, just days before students were set to return for the spring semester. The last-minute cancellations have left both students and faculty scrambling to make tough adjustments to their schedules. With most classes at their capacity, many students have been left in a lurch, hoping to find an open course that will suit the...

A ‘moveable feast’ for students

By CiaraShook

January 25, 2010

For the first time in its 120 year history, Columbia has commissioned an entirely new academic building in Chicago’s South Loop.  After years in the making, the groundbreaking new building, known as the Media Production Center, opened its doors to Columbia students today, kicking off the start of the spring semester.Making the MPC a reality has been in the works for seven years and after a quick 12 months of construction,...

Critical Encounters: Fava beans, faith and science

By The Columbia Chronicle

January 25, 2010

by: Pan PapacostaI must have been 3 or 4 years old when my grandfather, a Greek Orthodox priest and farmer, showed me how to plant fava beans. These brown seeds are so hard they look and feel like stones. I planted them in a pot, placed them in sunlight and watered them regularly.It was fascinating to see them sprout, grow and bloom. It felt as if I had given them life and I thought of giving each plant its own name. The bloomin...

Remembering Jim Sulski

By The Columbia Chronicle

January 9, 2010

Jim Sulski, the veteran Columbia journalism educator under whose benevolent but tough-minded tutelage The Chronicle gained national recognition among college newspapers, died on Thursday, Jan. 7.Sulski, 52, an associate professor in the Journalism Department and Chronicle adviser for 15 years, passed away in his South Side home after a long struggle with cancer.An easy-going man whose amiable nature masked a keen devotion ...

Decade-end

By Bethany Reinhart

December 14, 2009

The semester is almost over, holiday party plans are in full swing and almost overnight the weather has turned frightful. These are all signs that 2009 is drawing to a close and a new year, as well as a new decade, is on the horizon.Although I am not the biggest fan of the holidays, one of my favorite things about this time of year is the year-end wrap-up lists that fill pages of magazines and take up airtime on primetime...

Trio creates urban fashion line

By LauraNalin

December 14, 2009

Definir Clothing, an up-and-coming fashion line with a fresh, urban feel, is preparing to release its first big collection after three years of development. Envisioned by three best friends, the line is gaining support in Chicago’s fashion scene by self-promotion and tireless networking.The line was started by two Columbia students, Nick Johnson, a sophomore television production student, and Jodi Williams, a sophomore fashion ...

Dodgeball charity event helps children

By LauraNalin

December 14, 2009

The combination of intense dodgeball games, two live DJ sets, excited students and free food proved to be an energetic scene at Columbia’s new gymnasium, 1212 S. Plymouth Court, during a fundraising event for charity. This isn’t normally what one would picture when thinking about a children’s charity event, but it was unquestionably in the spirit the college is known for.Columbia students hosted a dodgeball tournament be...

Extra credit existentialism

By The Columbia Chronicle

December 14, 2009

On one of the tests in 10th grade biology, my teacher asked us an extra credit question: Is your teacher an evolutionistor a creationist?This question would have been forgotten had it not been for the reaction of my deskmate upon the return of our tests. DJ, a boy who once offered me a “morning snack” of pot that had been wedged in the spine of his textbook, looked over at my paper and scoffed, “I can’t believe you...

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