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College: Summer U-Passes ‘all or nothing’

By Thomas Pardee

December 8, 2008

Columbia will soon be releasing a survey to gauge student interest in a summer U-Pass, according to Kari Sommers, assistant dean of Student Life.Sommers said she is in the process of polling last year's full-time summer school students to see if a U-Pass-to be used during the summer months to travel throughout the city on the CTA-would have been beneficial. She said the survey is in response to several isolated complaints made by ...

Columbia’s own named top teacher in state

By Kaiti Deerberg

December 8, 2008

Columbia’s Beau Beaudoin was named Illinois’ 2008 Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.Beaudoin was chosen out of more than 300 nominees, as one of 38 who were selected for the honor.Her career began as an adjunct faculty member in the Television Department in 1986. Over time, Beaudoin climbed the ranks to become associate ...

Teamwork key in pilot’s structure

By Thomas Pardee

December 8, 2008

A re-imagined approach to Columbia's Film and Video core curriculum is about to become standard practice.The new Foundations of Film and Video sequence, which is currently in its second pilot year, will become the Film and Video Department's official core program starting next fall for all incoming freshman and transfer students. The new program reduces the core credit requirements from 24 credits spread over six courses to ...

Metra discount at cruising speed

By Timothy Bearden

December 1, 2008

A bill with a Metra student discount amendment attached is tentatively scheduled to be presented to the Illinois House of Representatives in late January, possibly early February, for a vote, said representatives from the Coalition of Chicago Colleges.Jessica Valerio, Columbia's Student Government Association president, said the bill focuses on 10-ride pass discounts for college students on all Metra lines, but was unsure o...

The right stuff

By Thomas Pardee

December 1, 2008

Misha Beverly knows how to work.In fact, it's a big part of why the 23-year-old Port Huron, Mich., native transferred to Columbia last fall. She said she was looking for an environment that would challenge and stimulate her."I've never seen it before," said Beverly, now an interdisciplinary senior in the Fashion Retail and Fashion Design programs. "The students here are really ambitious. I really love Columbia."Since her arr...

Topping the charts

By Kaiti Deerberg

December 1, 2008

Just weeks after releasing a memo about the college's need to tighten budgets and cut costs, Columbia President Warrick Carter was named the third highest paid private college president in the state of Illinois for 2006-07 in a survey conducted by The Chronicle of Higher Education.Colleges and universities across the nation are required by law to release federal 990 tax forms each year, detailing financial data for even pr...

Award-winning ads aim to please

By Kaitlyn McAvoy

December 1, 2008

Columbia's Marketing Department celebrated this year's top broadcasted advertisements on Nov. 25 by showing a film reel of work from winners of the international advertising award-The One Club's One Show.The event was held at the 8th floor Film Row Cinema in the 1104 Center, 1104 S. Wabash Ave., from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., and drew about 30 Columbia students, alumni and industry professionals.The reel lasted a little more...

Campus groups shift charity into full drive

By Kaiti Deerberg

December 1, 2008

Economists are predicting a frugal Christmas for most families this year during the economic crisis, but several Columbia organizations are doing their part to ensure people in Chicago will not go hungry this holiday season.The Latino Alliance is sponsoring a canned and boxed food drive for the Chicago Anti-Hunger Federation, a group that serves about 150,000 hungry people each year.Irma Gutierrez, president of Latino Alli...

Production week helps students polish portfolios

By Thomas Pardee

November 24, 2008

Columbia's Portfolio Center held the last of three production weeks of the semester Nov. 18-21, all as part of its ongoing effort to boost students' chances of landing a great first job.November's Portfolio Production Week, held in the Portfolio Center's office on the third floor of the Wabash Campus Building, 623 S. Wabash Ave., included days designated to help students design business cards, CD and DVD covers and any other...

Future course fees still to be determined

By Timothy Bearden

November 24, 2008

Despite previous reports earlier this semester, Columbia will not yet eliminate course fees from the college, Steve Kapelke announced to the Student Government Association on Nov. 18.Kapelke said the board of trustees rejected the original plan to do away with fees and suggested the senior administration come up with a different plan. The elimination of course fees, as reported in The Chronicle on Oct. 27, would have create...

Film students shine at festival

By Adel Johnson

November 24, 2008

On Nov. 19, the Take 1 Film Festival screened 10 short films of Production I and II students and awarded students from each class with a jury award and an audience choice award.Film and Video Department festival coordinator Wenhwa Ts'ao said the submissions were final projects in last semester's production classes, chosen through votes in each class section.Freshman film major Chris Delsesto said that seeing the work of his ...

Podcasts help keep parents ‘in theLoop’

By Kaiti Deerberg

November 17, 2008

Columbia is planning to use new multimedia applications to keep parents informed and connected to the college's campus and student body.Mark Kelly, vice president of Student Affairs, released an announcement in October on the Columbia website about a new plan to create monthly podcasts geared to parents of Columbia students.The project is a supplement to the new "parent" section of theLoop that aims to keep parents updated on eve...

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