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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...

HBO Films names alumnus new president

By Thomas Pardee

November 17, 2008

With titles like Analyze This, Blood Diamond and Recount under his producer belt, it was only a matter of time before Columbia alumnus Len Amato got a promotion.Last month, the 1975 graduate of Columbia's Film Department was named president of HBO Films, a newly sanctioned division of the premium cable TV network HBO.Amato, who served as a vice president for the network since 2005 after a colorful career as a full-time prod...

Uphill climb for Columbia sports

By Timothy Bearden

November 17, 2008

As the Columbia Renegades men's basketball team prepared for their game against Olivet Nazarene University on Nov. 13, looking for its first win of the season, the club had to postpone its hopes of defeating the 2-4 Tigers until February due to lack of funding for transportation to the game in Bourbonnais, Ill."The Athletics Department doesn't have any bus or van, so we usually try to rent one," said Josh Hasken, president of Colu...

Bookstore tops SGA talks

By Kaiti Deerberg

November 17, 2008

Columbia students could be expecting a new, more expansive bookstore full of extra perks in the future.The Student Government Association met Nov. 11 to discuss the initial planning of a new and improved bookstore on campus.Jessica Valerio, president of SGA, opened the meeting with an update on SGA’s movement toward a new bookstore. The Bookstore Advisory Committee met earlier in the week with administration and represe...

ShopColumbia thrives with students, Chicagoans

By Thomas Pardee

November 17, 2008

A month after opening its doors, Columbia's latest effort to help spread homegrown artwork across the campus and city is thriving, organizers said.ShopColumbia, the recently opened boutique located on the first floor of the Wabash Campus Building, 623 S. Wabash Ave., sells a variety of work created by current Columbia students and faculty. Since its launch on Oct. 16 as part of the college's "Talk the Walk" curatorial tou...

Big turnout at Columbia’s Wellness Fair

By Kaitlyn McAvoy

November 17, 2008

Students seem to have a tough time talking about STDs. Bennett Decker-Bottero, a freshman theater major, said his friend thought he might have an STD but didn't want to pay to get tested and was nervous about going to a hospital to do so. Columbia's Wellness Fair on Nov. 12 offered a solution-free STD testing conveniently on campus.Chicago's Department of Public Heath tested students for gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis and HIV at the bi-...

Student contracts meningitis, treated

By Jessica Galliart

November 11, 2008

A Columbia student was recently treated for neisseria bacterial meningitis and is no longer contagious, according to an e-mail from Mark Kelly, Vice President of Student Affairs.Although the e-mail says the Chicago Board of Health has located and treated any close contacts to the student, students experiencing any sudden symptoms are urged to seek medical treatment at the Student Health Center, 731 S. Plymouth Court. Symptom...

Kelly outlines student affordability ‘conundrum’

By Thomas Pardee

November 10, 2008

Columbia's vice president of Student Affairs, Mark Kelly, outlined the financial challenges facing colleges all over the country during the monthly College Council meeting, held on Nov. 7 in the Hokin Annex, on the first floor of the Wabash Campus Building, 623 S. Wabash Ave.Kelly's presentation included data compiled about Columbia students' incomes and financing methods, as well as those of local schools like Loyola Universit...

Students gather to absorb election results

Students gather to absorb election results

November 10, 2008

President-elect Barack Obama has been known to inspire large groups of young voters into organizing and coming together. So it shouldn't come as a surprise that on election night, a mere two blocks from the then-senator's Gra...

Obama rally in Columbia’s backyard

By Eve Fuller

November 10, 2008

Columbia's close proximity to Grant Park gave students easy access to attend President-Elect Barack Obama's historic Nov. 4 rally.An estimated 240,000 people were at the rally to hear Obama's victory speech beginning at about 11:00 p.m., long after the polls had closed."Obama reaches out to a lot of young people. He is refreshing," said Wilfredo Cruz, a sociology instructor in Columbia's Liberal Education Department.Tickets were requ...

Donor indicted on corruption charges

By Timothy Bearden

November 10, 2008

A continuing investigation by the U.S. District Attorney's office brought about the indictment of William Cellini Sr., a Columbia donor, for corruption charges on Oct. 30.Cellini Sr. was charged in a four-count indictment and is the 13th defendant in the case known as "Operation Board Games," said Randall Samborn, spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney's office. Other defendants include Antoin "Tony" Rezko, who was recently c...

Security issues postpone election night party

By Kaiti Deerberg

November 10, 2008

Columbia's Urban Music Association election night party on Nov. 4 was forced to be postponed due to security issues brought about by festivities in Grant Park.CUMA planned its "Voters' Block Party" for Nov. 4 in the Conaway Center at the 1104 Center, 1104 S. Wabash Ave., from 6 p.m. to midnight.Although it was announced on Oct. 30 classes were canceled Nov. 4 due to then senator Barack Obama's rally in Grant Park, the Vot...

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