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Famed authors visit campus for Story Week

By Kaiti Deerberg

March 15, 2009

Columbia's Fiction Writing Department kicked off its 13th annual Story Week on March 14, featuring readings by acclaimed international authors and college students alike and honoring literary legends at venues throughout the city until March 20.The event has become popular not only among Columbia students, but Chicago as well during its 13-year run.This year, the festival will honor two of Chicago's most beloved authors, Studs ...

Students come to Darfur’s aid, prepare for rally

By Cody Prentiss

March 15, 2009

When Avery Ju got back to her apartment at the end of a long Friday night, she found a heartwarming sight: Her roommate was typing up a plan for a nonprofit group dedicated to aiding Darfur.That night, Ju, International Student Organization president, and her roommate had spent the evening watching the documentary Darfur Now at Columbia's Film Row Cinema in the 1104 Center, 1104 S. Wabash Ave.The showing was organized by t...

Council talks accreditation, affordability

By Kaiti Deerberg

March 8, 2009

The College Council discussed final preparations for an upcoming visit from the Higher Learning Commission, a commission that accredits colleges.Provost and senior vice president Steve Kapelke reminded the College Council during their last meeting on March 6, about the accreditation renewal visit taking place March 30-April 1 from the Higher Learning Commission. The commission is one of five regional accreditation bodies that...

Human Nature

By The Columbia Chronicle

March 8, 2009

I am just where I want to be, and although this feeling is fulfilled, there is another one born that does not dissipate so easily. I am still hungry, still longing, still anticipating and drawing in my breath. The race is never over; in fact, it has just begun.It comes like a blow to the head, and I am the victim of an insatiable appetite again. Something gleams in my eye and I cannot refuse its beauty, and I long for answers to the enigmas that captivate me. It used to be a one-way door, stuck inside the glossy ebony abyss of the television and computer screen, but now it is along the glistening asphalt streets of the rousing metropolis at night. I am just where I want to be, I tell myself, and yet I am captivated by my desires, perpetually desiring.Lust is an addiction akin to the illicit thrills and spasms of a powerful drug; I cannot stop myself from delving deep into the banks of my mind where these fantasies live. This one caught me by surprise, this incendiary rush of flush and vein and my heart behaves as it never has before-it too longs to walk along the pavements with me-and revel in the flesh of the species that moves it so.My jaws constrict at the sweet thoughts of this constant new rush, and it feels not unlike it has indulged in the consumption of a cordial or sumptuous brandy, for these thoughts heat my blood and all my lost vibrancy seems to return to me. I am fearless, struck by lightning, and indulging in bouts of hedonism; I submit to the luxury of my dear dreams.To be lovesick is an agony, to charge your mind and your heart and get high upon the trills and black satin strings of a ponder, to constantly wonder whether or not I'll see him again ... to have a Scorpio's loyalty and a penchant for dalliances is a sumptuous delight and a tempestuous nightmare.I strut as if under a spell, and line my eyes and lips so that they perform their inherent duty.There is such electricity flowing through me and it magnetizes me all the more to him, to his binding desire.I ache with a longing that pilfers through me and guts me beautifully in the stomach like the most stunning pain, and I grow hungry soon for another shot. I do not eat the earthly foods, though I know their voluptuous appeal will make me full and at least dampen these feelings for a moment.I instead long for the dreams, for the opportunities, and yet remain more reclusive out of fear, out of the snare that I am still a child who knows not the rules of love, but rather just revels in the mere splendid graces of it.Capture my tongue, lest I speak as the scarlet woman I am fated to be. The woman unaware of this effect, and always riddled by herself and frightened if the enigma is not discovered, she will lose her strident appeal so easily magnetic in the dawn of this dalliance.Oh but grace me with your tango and your backward kisses, and I shall not let you down.This desire is my survival. This crimson orchid has been tapered for so very long that the power of my own blossom makes me curious and afraid of its strange prowess, and my humbled words downtrodden by years of wrapping is writhing now and exists, but let it exist in full for the prowess of this magnetism sets me alight as I never have been before.My desire is my survival and the bane of my existence.The aim of "Natural Tendencies" is to show the relationships between humans and nature, as well as to better understand human nature. This is the third edition of Critical Encounters.If you would like to submit to Human "Natural Tendencies," please contact Kevin Fuller at (312) 369-8505 or kgfuller@colum.edu.

Lights out to illuminate efforts on climate change

By Lauren Kelly

March 8, 2009

As part of Earth Hour, an annual global event acknowledging the impact of climate change and energy use, the Columbia campus will go dark for one hour on March 28, along with dozens of other buildings and businesses in Chicago. From 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., everyone is encouraged by organizers to turn off their lights in a symbolic gesture to acknowledge environmental responsibility."Switching off your light switch is kind of a...

Alumni, administration party Oscar style

By Timothy Bearden

March 8, 2009

Columbia held its annual alumni Oscar party at the Universal City Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles on Feb. 22. Alumni were also invited to a similar event in Chicago.The event in LA was for West Coast alumni with more than 250 members of the Columbia community in attendance. And it's only growing, said Eric Winston, vice president of Institutional Advancement.Kim Clement, associate vice president in the Office of Institutional A...

Officials shed clothes, Carter apologizes

By Jessica Galliart

March 8, 2009

The actions of two high-ranking administrators at a Manifest kick-off meeting on Feb. 23 stirred up some controversy last week on campus.After at least one complaint was filed with Human Resources, an incident at the open meeting involving Mark Kelly, vice president of Student Affairs, and Eliza Nichols, dean of the School of Fine and Performing Arts, briefly shedding garments was brought to the attention of the Office of the...

Columbia enrollment trends fluctuate by major

By Lauren Kelly

March 6, 2009

Though undergraduate enrollment at Columbia has increased by 21 percent since 2004, some majors are growing at a much faster rate than the overall population.The fastest growing major at Columbia is Cultural Studies, which was introduced to the school six years ago after students expressed interest in the program. Sixty students were enrolled in the major in 2004, and by fall 2008 there were 125, a growth of 108 percent ove...

New competition ‘exposes’ students online

By Kaiti Deerberg

March 2, 2009

A new campus talent competition is calling for students to log on and win big using websites like Flickr and YouTube.The Admissions Office and the Student Communications Office is hosting the college's first online student talent competition called "Expose Yourself."The competition will have three categories for submission in audio, image and video. Students can upload their work on popular hosting sites to share online for ...

WEB EXCLUSIVE

WEB EXCLUSIVE

By Bethany Reinhart

March 2, 2009

The Chronicle got to know a few of Columbia's student veterans in this story. Learn more about them here. Devon Edwards Devon Edwards joined the United States Navy in his junior year of high sc...

Counseling center’s new addiction programs aim to ‘bridge the gap’

By Kaiti Deerberg

March 2, 2009

Columbia’s Counseling Services is taking steps to curb alcohol and drug abuse on campus with the implementation of several new programs.Jackie Sowinski Hamlet, director of Counseling Services, met with the Student Government Association on Feb. 17 to discuss new campus counseling programs geared toward students looking for help with chemical dependencies. Hamlet introduced the newest addition to the support group roster, ...

State of disrepair

By Timothy Bearden

March 2, 2009

Since 2001, the 18 E. Congress Parkway Building has been plagued with problems. The building, leased to Columbia by Hostelling International, saw issues with maintenance and general upkeep of the building, a Chronicle investigation found. In 2009, students say it hasn't gotten much better.In addition to the lead-based paint found in the 18 E. Congress Parkway Building, students have complained about rodents, insects and gene...

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