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Going green

By The Columbia Chronicle

September 29, 2008

by John WawrzaszekFaculty, Recycling Program directorLife is a shame sometimes anyway, she thinks. Things come and go-as is the natural order of the world, like seasons. Buildings are constructed in every empty lot of city space. The last tree on her block, squatting in a vacant lot, littered with trash and nestled between two newly constructed condos finally came down during a weekend she was away visiting friends. Things a...

World premiere treatment

World premiere treatment

September 29, 2008

Just minutes before the premiere of his new film, Columbia alumnus Michael Goi could be found in the projection booth of the Film Row Cinema in the 1104 Center, 1104 S. Wabash Ave., loading the 35mm film reel that contained the...

Synergy at election time

Synergy at election time

September 29, 2008

With the presidential election just a month away, student and community volunteers are beefing up voter registration efforts at Columbia. One drive last week brought representatives from both the Democra...

Louis Silverstein: Someone You Should Know

By Jessica Galliart

September 29, 2008

Liberal education faculty member Louis Silverstein’s classes are always full. Students usually sign up quickly for the 68-year-old’s courses, and hardly any ever drop his classes, he said.Silverstein, a “longtimer” at Columbia, is one of few faculty members at the college who have seen firsthand the changes Columbia has gone through in the past few decades. And with the many life experiences he has endured—living...

Alumni to reunite for weekend fun

Alumni to reunite for weekend fun

September 29, 2008

Alumni from all graduation years and majors are being invited back to Columbia for the second annual reunion weekend on Oct. 3 and 4.This year's theme, Retro Forward, is a "tongue-in-cheek look back at Colu...

College enrollment numbers show steady increase

College enrollment numbers show steady increase

September 22, 2008

Columbia's most recent enrollment numbers, which the college released on Sept. 12, show upward trends in out-of-state and minority enrollment, as well as a higher ratio of full-time students to part-time students. Accordin...

Bill seeks accountability for credit card hawkers, colleges

Bill seeks accountability for credit card hawkers, colleges

By Thomas Pardee, Staff Reporter

September 22, 2008

Colleges and universities are being urged by Illinois lawmakers and advocacy groups to take measures to protect students from predatory credit card pushers. Illinois state treasurer Alexi Giannoulias visited several Chicago-area universities on Sept. 9 to announce a new ...

Columbia favors lectureship hires

By Timothy Bearden

September 22, 2008

Columbia's new full-time hires for the year seemed to focus on non-tenure track faculty.This year, Columbia hired 46 new full-time faculty members, 28 of which are non-tenure track. Also, 17 of those 28 were former adjunct faculty who moved into lectureships.Steve Kapelke, provost and senior vice-president, said the college is in favor of hiring more lecturers. He said they offer instructional flexibility, which allows the college to hir...

College heeds students’ call

By Mandy Treccia

September 22, 2008

At a monthly faculty forum, Columbia Provost Steven Kapelke discussed the creation of an honors program, more emphasis on international studies and the possibility of a faculty senate.In response to student feedback, Columbia administrators are exploring how to initiate an honors program. Kapelke said this is something that has been in the works for years, but now he thinks it is time to create one."We're hearing urgency f...

ChaCha service raises fears of cell phone cheaters in the classroom

By MCT

September 15, 2008

A new cell-phone service that promises to give free answers to virtually any question within minutes has some academics worried that it will be yet another device to help students cheat.The Indianapolis-based ChaCha began its free service in January, and business has since mushroomed to 300,000 inquiries a day.Its 25,000 research guides respond via text message to questions on just about anything: the square root of 323 or...

UCrime provides stats, tracking for area crime

By MCT

September 15, 2008

Students have a new resource to help keep them diligent about on-campus crime through a crime mapping site.UCrime.com, an interactive website that tracks crime at more than 170 campuses across the United States, became available at Duke University in August.The website provides specifics like the date, time, location and type of crime using information in releases from the Duke University Police Department."Our goal at UCr...

Alcohol debate brews among colleges

By Mandy Treccia

September 15, 2008

Binge drinking on college campuses is not a new issue, but some college presidents are fighting for a solution.College presidents across the country are petitioning for the possibility of lowering the drinking age from 21 to 18 -sparking a major public debate.The Amethyst Initiative was launched in July to call for a reconsideration of 21 as the legal drinking age by John McCardell, former president of Middlebury College in Middlebury...

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