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

By The Columbia Chronicle

September 15, 2008

by Frankie MigaczIt was the Fourth of July. I was in Canada and in a canoe. It was 40 degrees, and Mother Nature had brought the fireworks. Thin white spindles of lightning wove their way through the asphalt sky, illuminating the obsidian water with fleeting spider webs of light.Rain fell hard, cold and fast. In the brief moments of visibility, the dark water looked as if it teemed with millions of hungry fish desperately s...

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...

New system moves campus job listings online

By Kaylee King

September 15, 2008

Finding a job at Columbia is now only a click away.The Columbia Works program, an ever-developing venture spearheaded by Kari Sommers, assistant dean of Student Life, is working to put all availableon-campus jobs online. The program will serve as a place where students can search for campus jobs and employers can come to find qualified students to hire."There are a lot of people supporting career goals for students," Somme...

Someone you should know: Wellner debunks Middle East misconceptions

By Thomas Pardee

September 8, 2008

Every other week, The Chronicle will profile people on campus who are doing interesting or important things.We're always watching for faculty, staff and students with a story to tell.Here's someone you should know.Growing up in southwestern Wisconsin, Regina Wellner knew the world was bigger than her small-town lifestyle would suggest.Wellner, now a Columbia instructor and staff member, was always attracted to learning, discov...

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...

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...

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