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New emergency alert system installed

By Mandy Treccia

September 2, 2008

Columbia students will see something new around campus as they return to classes this fall-a newly installed emergency alert system.Over the summer, 3,000 LCD screens, speakers and flashing lights were installed in all of Columbia's buildings as part of the Alert Wave System, which will be used to alert students on campus of an emergency."The system is in every building in classrooms, hallways, lecture halls and gathering ...

Teens for green

By MCT

September 2, 2008

A 17-year-old Palo Alto, Calif., girl has launched what she hopes will become a nationwide youth movement focused on global warming.Last weekend, some 80 teenagers gathered at Stanford University for a three-day conference that marked the beginning of Inconvenient Youth, a campaign founded by Castilleja School rising senior Mary Doerr. Each is being trained to lead presentations on climate change based loosely on the one gi...

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

By The Columbia Chronicle

September 2, 2008

by Marilyn ProppFaculty, Art and DesignI grew up in upstate New York, where darkly forested mountains, lakes and clear rushing rivers were part of my childhood—most of which was spent outdoors where the sense of freedom and open space became a part of my essential nature. Being outdoors meant blissful hours of solitude. I explored layers of earth, different rock formations, the changing feel of the wind: fresh and cool o...

New twist on off-campus housing

By Mandy Treccia

September 2, 2008

Students have a new off-campus housing option this fall with the opening of Dwight Lofts, 642 S. Clark St., just five blocks west of Columbia's campus.Dwight offers several loft options for students to choose from, including two-bedroom singles, two-bedroom doubles, four-bedroom singles and four-bedroom doubles. The rooms vary in size and some units are considered "VIP" rooms, which are large enough to accommodate a pool ...

Campus security officer dies

By Mandy Treccia

September 2, 2008

Longtime Columbia Security Officer Clyde Smith died on June 29 due to complications from pneumonia. He was 41.Smith worked at Columbia for about 17 years. He spent most of his time working in the Residence Center, 731 S. Plymouth Court, during the 3 p.m.-11 p.m. shift. Martha Meegan, director of Campus Safety and Security, said this was one of the harder shifts.Meegan said that [working in a] residential facility has its o...

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...

There goes the neighborhood

By Brett Marlow

September 2, 2008

Chicago is made up of a lot of neighborhoods, and living downtown won’t mean you’re not in the heart of city life. Many of the neighborhoods are no more than 20 to 30 minutes from downtown on public transportation. The city’s numerous neighborhoods are all known for their own unique qualities, and depending on your tastes and rent ranges, you’ll be able to settle into one that fits you.Maurice Ortiz, marketing direct...

Some classes canceled due to power outage in South Loop

By Brett Marlow

September 2, 2008

Columbia has canceled classes in the Dance Center, 1306 S. Michigan Ave., the Theater/Film Annex, 1415 S. Wabash Ave., and the Sherwood Conservatory of Music, 1312 S. Michigan Ave., due to a power outage in the South Loop. Classes will resume Sept. 3. Students were notified of the cancellations via Columbia's Emergency Notification System.

Scholarship tracking in its infancy, officials claim

By Christopher Brinckerhoff

May 15, 2008

In his March 19 State of the College address, Columbia President Warrick L. Carter said Columbia had 750 scholarships available for students, a number that might appear high to anyone who has checked out the scholarship page on Columbia’s website.The claim of 750 scholarships, however, is largely accurate, according to officials.Mark Lloyd, vice president of Marketing and Communication, provided a rough estimation of where the 750 inst...

DePaul land purchase

By Jessica Galliart

May 15, 2008

In the ongoing race for space in the South Loop, DePaul University has taken the lead over Columbia—for now.DePaul increased its real estate holdings in the South Loop by 25 percent with the purchase of the 14 E. Jackson Blvd. in June. According to a press release, the acquisition of the 18-story, 384,000-square-foot building makes DePaul the largest educational institution in the area and the largest owner of land with ...

Media Production Center update

By Sara Harvey

May 15, 2008

Columbia is a step closer to purchasing the land at 16th and State streets for the construction of the Media Production Center.The Community Development Commission voted unanimously to recommend to City Council the sale of the $3.2 million parcel of land for $200,000.The one-story Media Production Center will include two sound stages, a motion capture studio and an animation lab, among other amenities, for film, video and ...

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