The Columbia Chronicle

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...

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 ...

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...

Columbia fiction instructor practices what he teaches

By CiaraShook

December 14, 2009

Sam Weller’s cozy office on the 12th floor of the South Campus Building, 624 S. Michigan Ave., is packed with books, a small desk and a giant painting of a robot breaking out of a toy store by a member of the metal band Galactic Cowboys. The bookcases are studded with works by Joan Didion, Ambrose Bierce and Bill Zehme, but Ray Bradbury’s books commandeer almost two rows in the small library.“That’s not even a tenth of my ...

Reading ratings’ role

By CiaraShook

December 14, 2009

Justin Kulovsek of the Nielsen Company visited Columbia to discuss the importance of Nielsen ratings in the media, urging students to consider the important role ratings play in their careers.Kulovsek, a 2004 alumnus of Columbia, was on campus Dec. 10 to present “What TV Ratings Really Mean” to students and the public in which he discussed how research for the Nielsen Company is done and how it affects what is shown on te...

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...

My faith: shaken, not stirred

By The Columbia Chronicle

December 7, 2009

As an associate professor of ethnomusicology and Black World Studies, my most important goal is not just to convey knowledge about my areas of expertise, but to encourage the basic human act of critical thinking. While it is important to convey and contextualize information about the history, the aesthetics, the art and culture of the black world, my ultimate mission is to nudge my students to develop the skill and the abi...

We've got you covered