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Used books and online resources ease financial burden

By BenitaZepeda

September 28, 2009

At the start of each semester, students are bombarded with the challenges of getting back into the swing of college life. One of these challenges is the financial burden of buying textbooks for classes.The high cost of textbooks is something that students are all too familiar with. However, this semester Columbia’s bookstore has seen a 5.6 percent increase in the number of used books available to students. Online resour...

Negotiations pending for college, union

By LauraNalin

September 28, 2009

The United Staff of Columbia College is hoping to settle the ongoing negotiations with the college’s administration over contract issues.  Since Nov. 1, 2006 the union has been attempting to finalize its first contract dealing with wages, hours and working conditions with the administration.As previously reported by The Chronicle,  the US of CC announced on Sept. 15 that they would be holding a leafleting campaign on Sept. 16 ...

Post-baccalaureate certificates appeal to grads

By DerekKucynda

September 21, 2009

Upon graduation, a student is expected to be skilled in a particular profession, such as advertising or graphic design. However, if the major they chose in college was the wrong choice, the graduate is now stuck with a degree they cannot, or do not want to use.Many colleges have a solution for such dilemmas.  Columbia offers a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate of Major, also known as completion of major or PBCOM. This year a...

Student club questions faith, looks for facts

By DerekKucynda

September 21, 2009

With a handful of groups on campus geared toward students who believe in God and religion, one organization called Inquire reaches out to non-religious students who are otherwise atheists and freethinkers.The Columbia chapter of Inquire, a campus skeptic and freethought group that is part of the Center for Inquiry, started conducting meetings in September 2008. The group officially became a part of the Student Organizations Coun...

Columbia student waits for new heart, kidney

By CiaraShook

September 21, 2009

Columbia student William “Bill” Coon, 20, has put a hold on his plans to return toschool while he awaits a new heart and kidney.Coon is double-majoring in radio and marketing communications and is known in both departments for being tenacious.Coon is enthusiastic about getting involved in campus organizations such as the Public Relations Student Society of America and worked for an exclusive internship in the promotio...

Fashion-forward summer in NYC with Harper’s Bazaar

By DerekKucynda

September 21, 2009

The fashion magazine industry might strive for perfection, but it’s not as bad as The Devil Wears Prada makes it seem.With tons of applicants hoping to land a summer internship at Harper’s Bazaar, only two interns were chosen to work in the magazine’s art department,  located in Midtown Manhattan. One of the interns was senior graphic design major David Held. His responsibilities included laying out pages and maint...

Nine students film first-year experience

By BenitaZepeda

September 21, 2009

When starting at a new school, there are many moments that are universal to every college student, regardless of where they attend. For many, that moment is move-in day at the dorms, attending the first school event for new students, or even  setting foot into that first college class.This year, nine Columbia freshmen and transfer students will be documenting their first-year experiences through a program called Start Book.St...

Enrollment numbers down in economic crisis

By BenitaZepeda

September 21, 2009

In the midst of the current financial crisis gripping the nation, the enrollment numbers for the fall 2009 semester are down for the first time in 25 years, according to Vice President of Student Affairs Mark Kelly.“We had a net drop of 384 new undergraduate students compared to last year,” Kelly said. “I will point out that this is still, without question, the largest concentration of young creative talent entering any...

Students, administration rally for MAP Grants

By CiaraShook

September 21, 2009

Organizations and students throughout Illinois have been working to save the Monetary Award Program grant for the spring 2010 semester.After the $2.1 billion cut in MAP grants was carried out in early August, more than 130,000 Illinois students are scrambling to fill the gap in tuition costs.According to Student Financial Services, as many as 20 percent of Columbia students will not receive their MAP grant funding for the s...

Columbia grad tells widow’s tale

By LauraNalin

September 21, 2009

A Columbia graduate has created a voice for a Nicaraguan community.Mallory Sohmer, a 2006 flimmaking graduate,  is the creator of a contemporary documentary film focusing on an indigenous  community in Nicaragua. The film, titled The Living Documents,  was conceptualized while taking a course at the college.The course that inspired Sohmer, Indigenous Films and Filmmaking,  focuses on bringing attention to dire situatio...

Staff union still at odds with college

By Lauren Kelly

September 21, 2009

After almost three years of negotiations between Columbia administrators and the United Staff of Columbia College to establish a contract dealing with wages, hours, terms of employment and working conditions for non-faculty staff members, an agreement has yet to be reached.Following an announcement from US of CC on Sept. 15 saying it would be holding a leafleting campaign on Sept. 16 to distribute information to the college a...

Critical Encounters Fact & Faith: Encountering Life’s Endings

By The Columbia Chronicle

September 21, 2009

There are those who, upon confronting mortality,  instruct us to protest our demise, to not go like sheep to our deaths, but to scream bloody murder upon sight of the Grim Reaper in order to drown out the sound of the bell tolling for us.Such raised voices are certainly a most understandable way of viewing the ending of a life. To be alive is indeed a gift from the universe. Do souls not need to experience the reality of e...

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