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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...

Big Losses, small gains

By BenitaZepeda

October 5, 2009

On Sept. 25, President Warrick L. Carter announced the budget for Columbia’s 2010 fiscal year, which began on Sept. 1 and will end on Aug. 31, 2010.  The announcement displays how the college has been affected financially during the current economic climate.The 2010 budget’s key goals focus on three main areas.  The first is investing $1.4 million for the operation of the Media Production Center, which was approved i...

Columbia celebrates teaching artists through career day

By CiaraShook

October 5, 2009

Columbia’s Center for Community Arts Partnerships invites students, staff and faculty to their first Teaching Artists Career Day on Oct. 7.  The event will showcase Columbia’s teaching artists and introduce students tothe field.According to Nick Jaffe, editor of the Teaching Artist Journal, it’s a career that melds to the creativity of being an artist with the learning and collaboration of being a teacher.Melissa Sob...

SGA attends meeting for MAP

By BenitaZepeda

October 5, 2009

On Sept. 23 at 2 p.m., the Student Government Association traveled to the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Student Center West for a town meeting hosted by Gov. Pat Quinn to support the Monetary Award Program grant restoration for the spring 2010 semester.Representatives from Chicago Public Schools, community colleges, public universities and private institutions all voiced the need for the MAP grant.“The only way you ...

The uncertainty of knowing

By The Columbia Chronicle

October 5, 2009

Consider before Kepler, Copernicus and Newton, contemporary science taught that the Earth was the center of the universe and before that, it was flat. This very fact of the development of knowledge over time is at the heart of the collision of fact, faith or whether either one accurately describes human knowledge.For example, high school educator Danny Pennington is a staunch supporter of creationism in biology curriculum, a ...

Columbia’s LGBTQ to host 8th annual Coming Out Ball

By LauraNalin

October 5, 2009

Columbia will be hosting the 8th annual Coming Out Ball on Oct. 9.  The annual gala celebrates the National Coming Out Day for Chicago’s gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth. Each year, a Chicago school is chosen to host the event and this year Columbia’s LGBTQ organization, Common Ground, is filling the role.The members of Common Ground organize events each year for both gay and straight students on and off campus....

College Council opens 2009-10 year

By CiaraShook

October 5, 2009

College Council held its first meeting of the 2009-10 academic year on Oct. 2.The council, comprises faculty, staff and students, meets monthly in the Hub of the 1104 Center, with general reports across the college.President of College Council Kevin Fuller announced that President Warrick L. Carter has added Columbia’s name to a pledge from the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment, promising...

Group creates political awareness

By LauraNalin

October 5, 2009

Columbia students and two organizations will be gathering in commemoration of those affected by the war in Afghanistan on Oct. 7.The individuals will be participating in what is called a “Die-In” to honor the lives that have been lost in result of the war in Afghanistan. The event will take place in The Sculpture Garden at the corner of 11th Street and Wabash Avenue at 4 p.m.Those attending are asked to bring white sh...

U of I president resigns after scandal

By MCT

September 28, 2009

University of Illinois President B. Joseph White resigned on Sept. 23 following reports that the school admitted politically connected applicants over more qualified ones at its Urbana-Champaign campus. White said he sent a resignation letter to Christopher Kennedy, the chairman of the university’s Board of Trustees.“I take this action to enable you as a newly constituted board to select universityleadership going forw...

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