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Fashion-forward summer in NYC with Harper’s Bazaar

By DerekKucynda

September 21, 2009

The fashion magazine industry might strive for perfection, but it’s not as bad as The Devil Wears Prada makes it seem.With tons of applicants hoping to land a summer internship at Harper’s Bazaar, only two interns were chosen to work in the magazine’s art department,  located in Midtown Manhattan. One of the interns was senior graphic design major David Held. His responsibilities included laying out pages and maint...

Nine students film first-year experience

By BenitaZepeda

September 21, 2009

When starting at a new school, there are many moments that are universal to every college student, regardless of where they attend. For many, that moment is move-in day at the dorms, attending the first school event for new students, or even  setting foot into that first college class.This year, nine Columbia freshmen and transfer students will be documenting their first-year experiences through a program called Start Book.St...

Enrollment numbers down in economic crisis

By BenitaZepeda

September 21, 2009

In the midst of the current financial crisis gripping the nation, the enrollment numbers for the fall 2009 semester are down for the first time in 25 years, according to Vice President of Student Affairs Mark Kelly.“We had a net drop of 384 new undergraduate students compared to last year,” Kelly said. “I will point out that this is still, without question, the largest concentration of young creative talent entering any...

Students, administration rally for MAP Grants

By CiaraShook

September 21, 2009

Organizations and students throughout Illinois have been working to save the Monetary Award Program grant for the spring 2010 semester.After the $2.1 billion cut in MAP grants was carried out in early August, more than 130,000 Illinois students are scrambling to fill the gap in tuition costs.According to Student Financial Services, as many as 20 percent of Columbia students will not receive their MAP grant funding for the s...

Columbia grad tells widow’s tale

By LauraNalin

September 21, 2009

A Columbia graduate has created a voice for a Nicaraguan community.Mallory Sohmer, a 2006 flimmaking graduate,  is the creator of a contemporary documentary film focusing on an indigenous  community in Nicaragua. The film, titled The Living Documents,  was conceptualized while taking a course at the college.The course that inspired Sohmer, Indigenous Films and Filmmaking,  focuses on bringing attention to dire situatio...

Columbia to continue with renewed accreditation

By Brandon Smith

September 20, 2009

Columbia’s status as an accredited institution of higher learning was unconditionally continued for the next 10 years as of Sept. 14 by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The decision was widely expected by the Columbia administration. The HLC review group’s report frequently praised the college and didn’t publicly cite areas in which the college needed to im...

New Friend Request … Columbia College

By Benita Zepeda

September 13, 2009

It’s the start of a new semester and after a week of figuring out classes and meeting new people, tech savvy students are trying to seek out their classmates on the popular social networking site Facebook. But names are often forgotten and remembering what class a new friend is in can be a hazy proposition. That is where Columbia College Chicago on Facebook comes in handy. This fall, Columbia became one of the f...

New program caters to international students

By Benita Zepeda

September 13, 2009

This semester International Student Affairs is starting a new program called the International Buddy System. The IBS program is designed for foreign exchange students and students who have studied abroad in previous semesters. The main goal of the program is to help students adjust to culture in the U.S. as well as in Chicago. Gigi Posejpal, director of International Student Affairs, said discussion of the program be...

New positions bring stability to campus

By Ciara Shook

September 13, 2009

As the fall semester begins, Columbia introduces new faculty to the schools and new positions on campus. The recent reorganization of the College Advising Center has brought new positions to the three schools of Columbia. Each school will have an assistant dean of Faculty Advising to assist and organize the faculty guidance in each department in a way that will be easier for both students and faculty to understa...

New, vibrant art exhibit channels Latino heritage

By Lauran Nalin

September 13, 2009

Seven artists contributed their work to Columbia’s first art exhibition of the year, “Layer Cake: Tales from a Quinceañera,” which began on Sept. 8. The concept behind the exhibit, which is in conjunction with Latino Cultural Affairs, was created by project coordinator Camille Morgan. A Quinceañera is a traditional Latino celebration for young girls entering into womanhood, which takes place on their fiftee...

New publication carries LGBT focus

By LauraNalin

September 13, 2009

A Columbia sophomore journalism major has pioneered a publication that will cater to the LGBT community.Tony Merevick, 19, is the man behind Q Review, a literary online magazine with one goal in focus: to bring the LGBT community together. Merevick is using his journalism experience and creativity to create a voice not only for Columbia’s LGBT community, but the greaterChicago area as well.“The idea for Q Review came t...

Alumni gangster flick to debut at film festival

By Ciara Shook

September 13, 2009

Six Columbia alumni will debut their first feature-length film, Chicago Overcoat, at the Chicago International Film Festival on Oct. 10. Loosely based on the Chicago crime syndicate, Chicago Overcoat tells the story of Lou Marzano, an aging gangster who is upset with the way the mob functions in the modern era and wants it to be as it was in his day. Columbia is the presenting sponsor at the Chicago International ...

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