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Lucky Plush infuses technology with dance

By CiaraShook

October 19, 2009

Lucky Plush Productions, a contemporary dance ensemble, is coming to the Dance Center to debut “Punk Yankees,” an one-night show celebrating the company’s decade of performance.The Dance Center, located at 1306 S. Michigan Ave., is currently working with Lucky Plush to bring an interactive quality to the show, which debuts Oct. 22. The show will have laptops, and directors said they hope live Tweets will be worked int...

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. speaks at Greentown conference

By The Columbia Chronicle

October 19, 2009

By: Ivana Susic,Contributing writerEnvironmental advocate Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.,  the founder of the water quality advocacy group Riverkeeper, was just one of many speakers at this year’s “GreenTown: The Future of Community” conference encouraging businesses and individuals to take more steps to improve the environment through lifestyle choices.On Oct. 15, Columbia hosted the two-day conference that brought togethe...

Lerman’s future in question

By BenitaZepeda

October 19, 2009

Mystery surrounds the status of Zafra Lerman, longtime head of Columbia’s Institute for Science Education and Science Communication, as an unverified report circulated on campus last week that the internationally known chemist and teacher is no longer employed by the school.No one in the college administration would discuss the matter with The Chronicle,  even to directly address the question of whether or not she still w...

Event attempts to reform environment laws

By LauraNalin

October 19, 2009

Columbia’s recycling program will participate in an international campaign focusing on possible solutions to the current climate crisis on Oct. 24, the International Day of Climate Change.The organization has worked dilligently throughout the years to make sure the campus has adequate recycling bins for both paper and plastic and has been planning this event for quite some time. The Chicago event will be held in the Cona...

Award-winning author, professor shares his success

By LauraNalin

October 19, 2009

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.Fiction writing professor and award-winning author Joe Meno has written five novels, two short stories and still finds time to spend with his family.  Meno, who earned both his undergraduate and graduate degrees fro...

Multicultural Affairs to host fashion show

By CiaraShook

October 12, 2009

Multicultural Affairs will present “Kaleidoscope,” their second fashion show fundraiser, which will showcase designs from around the world this Friday.“Kaleidoscope” will show Columbia’s diverse cultures by featuring unique fashions from around campus and as far away as Tokyo.  All of the proceeds from this event will go to Chicago Cultural Alliance,  a nonprofit consortium working to build an understanding of c...

Columbia faculty, students remember Carol Ann Stowe

By LauraNalin

October 12, 2009

Carol Ann Stowe was an innovative, one-of-a-kind leader of the Early Childhood Education program at Columbia for the past 16 years. Considered by her family to be a devoted mother and exceptional teacher, her colleagues refer to her as the “matriarch” of their tight-knit working community.Stowe died Sunday, Oct. 4 at the age of 57. She is survived by her husband, who was her high school sweetheart, three daughters and t...

College lawsuit pending

By BenitaZepeda

October 12, 2009

On Oct. 5, former Columbia faculty member Suriyha H. Smiley filed a civil lawsuit against the college after she was terminated for allegedly making an anti-Semitic comment to astudent.  She alleges the college subjected her to racial discrimination, which ledto her termination.Smiley, who was a part-time faculty member in the Radio Department for more than 14 years, allegedly told one of her students, “I should have kn...

Twitter co-founder speaks to Columbia

By Colin Shively

October 12, 2009

In the dimly-lit room of Film Row Cinema at the 1104 Center, 1104 S. Wabash Ave., the silhouttes of 300-plus guests sat in chairs facing the stage. As the lights came on, a few faces were lit by cell phones as they quickly sent a message on Twitter. As Columbia President Warrick L. Carter stood up, the room went silent as he introduced the evening’s guest speaker—Biz Stone, the co-founder of the popular micro-blogging s...

Faculty deals winning hand to students

By CiaraShook

October 12, 2009

Columbia’s television instructor Kirk Fallah is giving current and former students broadcast experience in Chicago’s first charity poker room.The idea for a charity poker room came to Fallah almost a decade ago when he was a student majoring in film and video at Columbia. After learning to play poker and watching many televised tournaments, Fallah began planning a casino-style poker room in Chicago.“I thought that if Veg...

Activists gather to oppose war violence

By LauraNalin

October 12, 2009

Students, activists and faculty gathered at a symbolic “die-in” on Oct. 7 to commemorate civilian lives lost in Afghanistan over the past eight years during the U.S. occupancy. The participants of the event volunteered to emulate dying by lying on the ground, giving the public a visual of the casualties that have taken place.Andy Keil/THE CHRONICLEThe volunteers were given white sheets to cover themselves as students read an...

Haunting Mexican folklore comes to life in lecture

By BenitaZepeda

October 12, 2009

Each culture has unique stories that are passed down orally from generation to generation. In Mexican culture, one story that is often interpreted many different ways is the story of La Llorona:The Weeping Woman.“La Llorona: The Weeping Woman: The Sixth Portent, The Third Legend,” was hosted by the Cultural Studies Program and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs on Oct. 7.  This was the first lecture of Intersections...

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