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Journalism added to Columbia’s LA offerings

By Thomas Pardee

November 3, 2008

Even more Columbia students will have a chance to chase "the California Dream" next semester, thanks to a growing program setting participants on the fast track to Hollywood success.Columbia's Semester in LA program, which was launched nearly 10 years ago out of the Film and Video Department as a means to get eager seniors a head start in the industry, has grown since its inception to include classes from seven different col...

Dead come alive at Latino festival

By Kaiti Deerberg

November 3, 2008

Latino students with painted skeleton faces marched down S. Wabash Avenue to kick off a night of Latino tradition, dancing and food.The Latino Alliance hosted the 4th annual Dia de Los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, event on Oct. 30 in the Conaway Center at the 1104 Center, 1104 S. Wabash Ave.The event began with a procession from the Wabash Campus Building, 623 S. Wabash Ave., to the 1104 Center, 1104 S. Wabash Ave. The proces...

Congress Parkway gets facelift

By Eli Kaberon

November 3, 2008

Columbia's northern border will soon undergo a makeover.Alderman Robert Fioretti (2nd Ward), along with the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT), announced plans on Oct. 22 to do a complete overhaul of Congress Parkway between South Wells Street and South Michigan Avenue. The changes made are intended to improve traffic flow for vehicles, improve the road's visual beauty and give pedestrians more room to walk aroun...

‘Play’ exhibit showcases interactivity as art

By Thomas Pardee

November 3, 2008

Students and faculty from one of Columbia's Interactive Arts and Media programs have the art of gaming down to a science-at least that's what they're trying to prove.The Game Design Department's second annual "Art of Play" exhibit kicked off on Oct. 30 in the Project Room, located on the 4th floor of the Wabash Campus Building, 623 S. Wabash Ave. It features more than a dozen 3-D, 2-D and "monitor-based" pieces made by stu...

Breaking News: Election Day

By The Columbia Chronicle

November 3, 2008

Columbia will close the majority of its buildings at 6 p.m. on Nov. 4, in anticipation of safety concerns brought about by the event in Grant Park.As stated in a press release sent by provost and senior vice president Steve Kapelke, class schedules will also be altered on Election Day, canceling any classes that begin after 3 p.m. Classes that begin before 3 p.m., even if they don’t end until after 3 p.m., will go on as sch...

AlertWave System testing

By Kaiti Deerberg

November 3, 2008

Columbia plans to test the campus' new AlertWave Notification System throughout November.Administration released a statement on Oct. 24 announcing the installation of the AlertWave Notification System was complete, and students and faculty can expect tests of the system to occur before the end of the semester.Micki Leventhal, director of media relations at Columbia, said initial system testing will take place in November and sh...

Campus closing early on Election Day

By Timothy Bearden

November 3, 2008

UPDATED: On Nov. 3, Columbia canceled Columbia Urban Music Association Voter's Block Party, due to security reasons. The party was scheduled to be held on Election Day in the 1104 Center, 1104 S. Wabash Ave., but the college decided to cancel the event due to security concerns with the election rally for Sen. Barack Obama in Grant Park.What many are calling "Obamapalooza" is taking place on Election Day close to the heart...

Columbia gamers flock to alumni-owned shop

By Thomas Pardee

October 31, 2008

In late October, Columbia alumni Mel Mastro and Jon Paul Neri were hurriedly painting.The couple's newly-leased shop was still empty, except for a couple of ladders, some odd brushes and a few board games in the window next to their hand made sign. Mastro said it was between applying coats of bright yellow paint on the shop wall that she noticed a man stop in front of the store window, glance from the games to the poster bo...

Columbia to close campus evening of Election Day

By Jessica Galliart

October 29, 2008

Columbia will close the majority of its buildings at 6 p.m. on Nov. 4, in anticipation of safety concerns brought about by the event in Grant Park. As stated in a press release sent by provost and senior vice president Steve Kapelke, class schedules will also be altered on Election Day, canceling any classes that begin after 3 p.m. Classes that begin before 3 p.m., even if they don't end until after 3 p.m., will go on as schedu...

Faculty gets scoop on ranking changes

By Kaiti Deerberg

October 26, 2008

Faculty members gathered in the Ferguson Auditorium at the Alexandroff Campus Center, 600 S. Michigan Ave., on Oct. 22 to discuss the newly adopted faculty ranking system at Columbia.The meeting followed the board of trustees approval of adopting a faculty ranking system on Oct. 2. The board of trustees approved the new ranking system after a recommendation was gathered by a task force spearheaded by senior vice president ...

A stroke of luck

By Thomas Pardee

October 26, 2008

Brian Brock knew he was on to something.He could see it, because he had many times before. One question led to another, and then another. As a writer working on another man's memoir, the 48-year-old Schaumburg, Ill. native and 1985 graduate of Columbia's MFA Film program knew he couldn't rely on his own imagination.Brock needed details-those wild, tragic and bitterly ironic details that he knew would be critical. They were...

Dancing to the beat of The Rapture

By Meryl Fulinara

October 26, 2008

In Chicago, Halloween is synonymous with one thing-parties. And this year, Columbia is no different.The Student Programming Board will host a Halloween dance party on Oct. 30 in the Hokin Annex of the Wabash Campus Building, 623 S. Wabash Ave., where students can dance to records spun by The Rapture, a band most notable for their indie-rock music with hard-hitting dance beats.The Rapture's drummer Vito Roccoforte; bassist Ma...

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