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New Friend Request … Columbia College

By Benita Zepeda

September 13, 2009

It’s the start of a new semester and after a week of figuring out classes and meeting new people, tech savvy students are trying to seek out their classmates on the popular social networking site Facebook. But names are often forgotten and remembering what class a new friend is in can be a hazy proposition. That is where Columbia College Chicago on Facebook comes in handy. This fall, Columbia became one of the f...

New program caters to international students

By Benita Zepeda

September 13, 2009

This semester International Student Affairs is starting a new program called the International Buddy System. The IBS program is designed for foreign exchange students and students who have studied abroad in previous semesters. The main goal of the program is to help students adjust to culture in the U.S. as well as in Chicago. Gigi Posejpal, director of International Student Affairs, said discussion of the program be...

New positions bring stability to campus

By Ciara Shook

September 13, 2009

As the fall semester begins, Columbia introduces new faculty to the schools and new positions on campus. The recent reorganization of the College Advising Center has brought new positions to the three schools of Columbia. Each school will have an assistant dean of Faculty Advising to assist and organize the faculty guidance in each department in a way that will be easier for both students and faculty to understa...

New, vibrant art exhibit channels Latino heritage

By Lauran Nalin

September 13, 2009

Seven artists contributed their work to Columbia’s first art exhibition of the year, “Layer Cake: Tales from a Quinceañera,” which began on Sept. 8. The concept behind the exhibit, which is in conjunction with Latino Cultural Affairs, was created by project coordinator Camille Morgan. A Quinceañera is a traditional Latino celebration for young girls entering into womanhood, which takes place on their fiftee...

Organic Roof

By Colin Shively

September 11, 2009

The aroma of Indian cuisine wafts through the alleyways and storefronts on Devon Avenue while passers-by walk to accomplish their daily chores. Only a few trees and bushes line the sidewalks intermittently, most are small and turning shades of brown as the season changes. In an urban setting, it can be difficult to find forests in the  midst of a cement jungle.However, there are people who believe urban and rural can coinci...

Library expansion put on hold

By DerekKucynda

September 11, 2009

After discovering structural problems at the South Campus Building, 624 S. Michigan Ave., Columbia’s library has shifted a portion of its book collection to a remote location.With approximately 13,000 books added each year, the library currently holds about 270,000 books in its collection. After possibilities were researched and explored for the expansion of the library, the Office of Campus Environment learned that the...

Columbia replaces security firm

By LauraNalin

September 7, 2009

Wackenhut Corporation, Columbia's security partner for the past five years, was replaced by Allied Barton as the college's primary security firm on Aug. 28.Allied Barton, the country's largest provider of contract security, replaced Wackenhut after its contract with Columbia ended on Aug. 16. The college met with various security conglomerates in hopes of finding the perfect fit."We developed an interview panel after we made...

Convocation celebration

By CiaraShook

September 7, 2009

More than 3,000 students and faculty gathered in Grant Park in the spirit of the 1893 Columbian Exposition on Sept. 3 for Columbia's annual Convocation.Columbia President Warrick L. Carter welcomed fresh faces by acknowledging Columbia as the largest community of young creatives in the world."This is the last part of your downtime because starting Tuesday, we're going to work your butts to death, but that's what you came h...

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Young Republicans gains membership in Chicago

By SpencerRoush

September 7, 2009

Young Republicans are breaking their silence and making their move in President Barack Obama’s own blue backyard, causing the Conservative group’s membership and volunteers to increase from last year.Conservative groups, such as Chicago Young Republicans and Cook County Republicans, have seen a large amount of interest in volunteering and becoming active since the new administration’s proposals.“We have seen a lot of new face...

Departments merge to offer one-stop shop for career needs

By DerekKucynda

September 7, 2009

In order to better serve college students affected by the economic downturn, Columbia has combined its career resources on campus with one goal in mind-to prepare college graduates for the workplace.By bringing together different departments such as the Portfolio Center and the Office of Student Employment, students now have a unified career resource organization called Career Initiatives, said Tim Long, director of the P...

Updated technology reigns supreme as buildings go green

By DerekKucynda

September 7, 2009

In an effort to modernize Columbia and improve sustainability, electrical, heating and ventilation systems were updated over the summer. In addition, various construction projects were completed to improve the safety of individuals at Columbia.However, due to budget cuts, certain building projects were put on hold as the college worked on renovating old systems and updating classrooms and labs with new equipment.One such pr...

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