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Compatibility survey pairs up college roommates

By MCT

September 8, 2008

University of California-Berkeley sophomore Katie Nelson said that she always has one burning question about potential dorm roommates."You wonder if they are going to be a psychopath," said Nelson, 19. "After that, the next question is: Are they messy?"Compatibility is key when it comes to communal living, particularly when the room is smaller than most studio apartments. The night owl won't appreciate the early riser, and th...

Valedictorian gets scholarship, not deportation

By MCT

September 8, 2008

A generous benefactor has made a Bullard High School valedictorian's university hopes a reality.Arthur Mkoyan, 17, said Aug. 13 that he'll be attending the University of California at Davis thanks to a Northern California woman who read about his plight and decided to help him in a big way.Mkoyan, whose college dream was nearly destroyed by deportation to Armenia, will attend his first college choice after all.A month ago,...

Registration helps students ‘rock the vote’

By Thomas Pardee

September 8, 2008

Local volunteers were on hand during Columbia's U-Pass distribution last week to help simplify the voter registration process for students. The Office of Student Communication's campaign produced 863 voter registration forms-much more than the 600 they were aiming for, organizers said.The registration booth was located at the 1104 Center, 1104 S. Wabash Ave., next to the exit doors in order to attract students picking up thei...

Graduates admitted through Student Affairs

By Timothy Bearden

September 8, 2008

Graduate admissions will now be handled by Student Affairs and will no longer be a part of the Graduate Office.The Graduate Administration and Student Services office originally handled the admissions into the graduate program. The department wanted to combine the efforts of the two offices said, Steve Kapelke, provost and senior vice president."The reason for doing it was simply so we could put more resources at the service...

Natural Tendencies: Critical Encounters’ personal narratives on Human/Nature

By The Columbia Chronicle

September 2, 2008

by Marilyn ProppFaculty, Art and DesignI grew up in upstate New York, where darkly forested mountains, lakes and clear rushing rivers were part of my childhood—most of which was spent outdoors where the sense of freedom and open space became a part of my essential nature. Being outdoors meant blissful hours of solitude. I explored layers of earth, different rock formations, the changing feel of the wind: fresh and cool o...

New twist on off-campus housing

By Mandy Treccia

September 2, 2008

Students have a new off-campus housing option this fall with the opening of Dwight Lofts, 642 S. Clark St., just five blocks west of Columbia's campus.Dwight offers several loft options for students to choose from, including two-bedroom singles, two-bedroom doubles, four-bedroom singles and four-bedroom doubles. The rooms vary in size and some units are considered "VIP" rooms, which are large enough to accommodate a pool ...

Campus security officer dies

By Mandy Treccia

September 2, 2008

Longtime Columbia Security Officer Clyde Smith died on June 29 due to complications from pneumonia. He was 41.Smith worked at Columbia for about 17 years. He spent most of his time working in the Residence Center, 731 S. Plymouth Court, during the 3 p.m.-11 p.m. shift. Martha Meegan, director of Campus Safety and Security, said this was one of the harder shifts.Meegan said that [working in a] residential facility has its o...

Radio course pushes students to ‘go deep’

By Thomas Pardee

September 2, 2008

With the likes of David Sedaris and Ira Glass defining popular radio storytelling as a narrative art form, it was only a matter of time before Columbia responded.The Radio Department is offering its first semester-long course on narrative radio called "The Radio Narrative," taught by writer, broadcast journalist and Columbia faculty member Dave Berner, who has been working as a radio and online journalist in Chicago for 20 year...

City of big eatin’

By Sara Harvey

September 2, 2008

Chicago’s World Fair first introduced America to hamburgers and shredded wheat in 1893. Ever since, Chicago’s been proving to the world that it’s definitely no second city—from slices of deep-dish pizza packed with ingredients to punk-rock pastries to juicy Italian beef. We’ve selected a few of the best places to give you a taste of what makes Chicago the city of big eatin’.BEST CHICAGO-STYLE PIZZALou Malnati...

There goes the neighborhood

By Brett Marlow

September 2, 2008

Chicago is made up of a lot of neighborhoods, and living downtown won’t mean you’re not in the heart of city life. Many of the neighborhoods are no more than 20 to 30 minutes from downtown on public transportation. The city’s numerous neighborhoods are all known for their own unique qualities, and depending on your tastes and rent ranges, you’ll be able to settle into one that fits you.Maurice Ortiz, marketing direct...

Some classes canceled due to power outage in South Loop

By Brett Marlow

September 2, 2008

Columbia has canceled classes in the Dance Center, 1306 S. Michigan Ave., the Theater/Film Annex, 1415 S. Wabash Ave., and the Sherwood Conservatory of Music, 1312 S. Michigan Ave., due to a power outage in the South Loop. Classes will resume Sept. 3. Students were notified of the cancellations via Columbia's Emergency Notification System.

Columbia falls back into swing at Convocation

By Timothy Bearden

September 2, 2008

Despite the wet conditions, spirits weren’t dampened at Convocation, Columbia’s new student celebration, on Aug. 28 in Grant Park between the intersections of Michigan Avenue and Balbo Drive and Columbus Drive and Balbo Drive.Like last year, the student-produced festival was in 1893 style, the year Columbia officially became a college, with cigarette girls, mimes on stilts and a genie. Resident carnival barker Mark Kell...

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