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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...

Course fee elimination possible in fall 2009

By Timothy Bearden

October 26, 2008

As the national credit dilemma comes to a head, Columbia is looking for alternative ways to not only cut costs, but help students pay for their education.Jennifer Waters, executive director of Student Financial Services, said the college will be raising tuition, but course fees will be eliminated from student expenses for fall 2009."The elimination of the course fees was very important," Waters said. "Everyone has committ...

James teaches muggles the world of wizards

By Meha Ahmad

October 26, 2008

English Department adjunct instructor Susen James said she's always been a child of literature, a lover of words and a bookworm through and through. A former Columbia student, James came to study poetry and now teaches it, along with her most well-known class analyzing the books by author J.K Rowling, Fantasy Literature: Harry Potter.Usually filled to capacity within the first week of registration, no other U.S. college or university has a cours...

New Head Start programs earn boost

By Thomas Pardee

October 26, 2008

Columbia’s Harris Center for Early Childhood Education is about to lend a helping hand to 10 community Head Start programs, thanks to a generous grant from the McCormick Foundation.The ECE has been awarded $600,000 to be used for “The Relay,” an 18-month pilot program aimed at improving professional development training for educational coordinators at various Head Start centers in Chicago.Karen Haigh, project manager a...

Kozol leads artistic ‘Conversation’

By Eve Fuller

October 26, 2008

A packed crowd of 600 teachers, students and supporters showed up to see educational activist and author Jonathan Kozol kick off the fifth season of Columbia's "Conversations in the Arts" series.In conjunction with Creative Nonfiction Week, Kozol spoke as a part of Columbia's Founders Lectures series that has hosted such popular celebrities in the past as Lauren Bacall, Mary Tyler Moore, Julie Andrews and James Earl Jones. ...

College celebrates creative nonfiction

By Lauren Kelly

October 19, 2008

Oct. 20 will mark the beginning of Columbia's 8th annual Creative Nonfiction Week, a four-day literary festival that explores and celebrates the genre of creative nonfiction through lectures, panel discussions and readings.The events are free and open to the public and will be held at Columbia's Film Row Cinema on the eighth floor of the 1104 Center, 1104 S. Wabash Ave., until Oct. 23.Presented jointly by the English, Fiction...

College tightens budget, MPC project unfazed

By Timothy Bearden

October 19, 2008

In the midst of the national economic downturn, Columbia President Warrick L. Carter issued a memo regarding what will be done in order to reduce the college's spending.The memo was sent out to the Columbia community on Oct. 15 and said the college would implement a hiring freeze of full-time positions, consider replacement positions on a case-by-case basis, restrict foreign and domestic travel not already approved by the admini...

African dance performance makes a comeback

By Thomas Pardee

October 19, 2008

One of the largest and richest cultural programs in Columbia's history is set to return to Chicago next week under new management.The DuSable Museum is set to host DanceAfrica Chicago on Oct. 31 at the Harris Theater in Millennium Park, 205 E. Randolph St. The college produced DanceAfrica annually for 15 years before cutting the program in 2005, but is now the lead sponsor of DuSable's much smaller version of the event.During i...

Actress wants to break ethnic barriers

Actress wants to break ethnic barriers

October 19, 2008

Elizabeth Peña's career has been quiet and potent. The ALMA Award-winning actress of stage and screen has starred in such memorable mainstream hits as Rush Hour and The Incredibles, but the characters that earn her the most respect are those ...

Columbia alumni launch ‘Moon Over Buffalo’

Columbia alumni launch ‘Moon Over Buffalo’

October 19, 2008

Breaking into Chicago’s theater scene is no easy task, but some Columbia alumni have found their way in. The opening season of the Saint Sebastian Players’ production of “Moon Over Buffalo” is led by Columbia cast ...

Critical Encounters: A toxic river runs through it

By Thomas Pardee

October 19, 2008

by Sandra AllenFaculty, Marketing Communication Department"When you thread the worm on the fish hook," my brother instructed, "grab it by its head and put the hook right there." He pointed to a greenish spot midway along the earthworm's body. "Then watch out for that black ooze that comes out of its end."  When I squirmed, he said, "Nothing wrong with the ooze; it's a little sticky, is all. Basically, it's what's left of ...

Columbia alumna blazes trail to Harpo Radio

By Eve Fuller

October 19, 2008

Juggling classes, homework and a job all with a cheerful smile helped Columbia graduate Katie Baker land a production assistant job at Oprah Winfrey's Harpo Radio in Chicago.After becoming Columbia's first student to earn an internship at Harpo Radio last year, Baker's supervisors said her professionalism and enthusiasm to learn paved the way for a dream job at the popular XM Satellite Radio station.Originally from Okemos, ...

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