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‘Hidden secret’ showcases fashion history

By Deborah Fellinger

February 16, 2009

Maria Pinto. Chanel. Dior. Perry Ellis. These items can be found at Saks Fifth Avenue or perhaps in the closet of a socialite, but also right on Columbia’s campus.Located in the 618 Building, 618 S. Michigan Ave., the Fashion Columbia Study Collection contains some 6,000 items, including wedding dresses, jewelry, shoes, hats, undergarments, uniforms and clothing from around the world.Relocated from the 1006 S. Michigan A...

Renaissance man David ‘Dino’ Dolak does it all

By Kaiti Deerberg

February 16, 2009

Columbia instructor David Dolak is known to some around campus as "Dino Dolak." Students rush to sign up for his Dinosaurs and More: Geology Explored class where students excavate fossils, create dinosaur projects and visit the Field Museum. But paleontology is not the only thing Dolak is getting students involved in. He used his folk music roots to found Acoustic Kitchen, an open-mic night for students, started Columbia's...

Manifested

By Kaiti Deerberg

February 16, 2009

As the college tightens its belt and tries to remain frugal in these odd economic times, cutbacks are being seen throughout campus-and even at this year's Manifest.Due to budgeting issues, Manifest, Columbia's annual end-of-the-year festival, will see some big changes this year. The Grant Park concert has been canceled, but both student organizers and administration have guaranteed that Manifest will be bigger than ever, de...

First ‘Big Mouth’ of spring draws crowd

By Lauren Kelly

February 16, 2009

Periodically at the Conaway Center in the 1104 Center, 1104 S. Wabash Ave., dozens of students get a chance to show off their skills and perform at Big Mouth, an open-mic night produced by and for Columbia students, and express their art on stage in front of peers.Typically at about 6:30 p.m., kids are tuning their guitars, murmuring lines to themselves, pacing around or setting up amps before show time at 7 p.m. Usually an audi...

Bilinguals scarce among CPS applicants

By Ashley Badgley

February 16, 2009

The state of Illinois and the city of Chicago have a shortage of bilingual teachers to serve the growing bilingual student population.One-third to half of all bilingual students in Illinois live in Chicago, said Tracy Dell'Angela from the Consortium on Chicago School Research. The lack of qualified and certified teachers is taking its toll on students.The annual "Illinois Kids Count" report by the organization Voices for Illi...

College officials examine past decade

By Timothy Bearden

February 9, 2009

Columbia is preparing for the Higher Learning Commission's site visit on March 30 with the completion of its self-study, which will be the first component in the college's accreditation renewal process.The Office of Research, Evaluation and Planning finished its self-study and sent it electronically to the commission on Feb. 6. Anne Foley, vice president of Administration, Research and Planning in the Office of Research, E...

Enrollment numbers paint fuzzy picture

By Timothy Bearden

February 9, 2009

Columbia officials speculated possible lower enrollment for the fall 2009 semester during the College Council meeting on the 8th floor of the 1104 Center, 1104 S. Wabash Ave., on Feb. 6, but said the numbers are not concreteMark Kelly, vice president of Student Affairs, told the council that spring 2009 enrollment was up by 3 percent from last year, which shows retention may be higher, but the college is seeing an "ominous" decr...

Getting studious

By Lauren Kelly

February 9, 2009

The opening of Columbia's Learning Studio this spring has caused long-time workers to transition into a new space, and officials hope both the new and returning management and staff will adapt to the major changes.The Learning Studio, housed on the first floor of the 618 Building, 618 S. Michigan Ave., is a new space dedicated to student support at Columbia. It combines the Writing Center, Science and Math Learning Center...

Photo exhibit evokes emotion on campus

By Kaiti Deerberg

February 9, 2009

Hundreds of people filled the 1006 S. Michigan Ave. Building gallery space on Feb. 5 for a new exhibit that proved to be emotional and moving.The gallery was near capacity during its opening reception for the photography exhibit "Congo/Women Portraits of War: The Democratic Republic of Congo." Many in attendance were moved to tears by the photographs on display.Visitors huddled in groups to discuss the photos and words like "h...

Columbia senior’s blog breaks Belkin scandal

By Kaiti Deerberg

February 2, 2009

After stumbling upon some suspicious posts on an Amazon.com sister website and taking the information to his blog, a Columbia student found himself in the middle of a scandal and named The New York Times' "Internet Hero of the Week."Arlen Parsa, a senior film major, was browsing the Internet when he stumbled upon a posting that did not sit well with his ethics. The posting called for fake reviews for tech products in excha...

Actress, playwright visits college

By Lauren Kelly

February 2, 2009

As a part of the ongoing Conversations in the Arts lecture series, renowned actress, playwright, author and educator Anna Deavere Smith came to Columbia on Jan. 27 to discuss diversity in creative expression, as well as the artist's role in society.Now in its fifth season, the Conversations in the Arts series invites noteworthy cultural figures who demonstrate the values laid out in Columbia's mission statement to lecture ...

African Heritage Columbia’s Way

African Heritage Columbia’s Way

By Lauren Kelly

February 2, 2009

For decades, Americans have celebrated Black History Month every February to recognize and appreciate the contributions of African-Americans in culture and society. This month at Columbia, the African Heritage Month Celebration will fo...

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