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‘Play’ exhibit showcases interactivity as art

By Thomas Pardee

November 3, 2008

Students and faculty from one of Columbia's Interactive Arts and Media programs have the art of gaming down to a science-at least that's what they're trying to prove.The Game Design Department's second annual "Art of Play" exhibit kicked off on Oct. 30 in the Project Room, located on the 4th floor of the Wabash Campus Building, 623 S. Wabash Ave. It features more than a dozen 3-D, 2-D and "monitor-based" pieces made by stu...

Breaking News: Election Day

By The Columbia Chronicle

November 3, 2008

Columbia will close the majority of its buildings at 6 p.m. on Nov. 4, in anticipation of safety concerns brought about by the event in Grant Park.As stated in a press release sent by provost and senior vice president Steve Kapelke, class schedules will also be altered on Election Day, canceling any classes that begin after 3 p.m. Classes that begin before 3 p.m., even if they don’t end until after 3 p.m., will go on as sch...

Columbia gamers flock to alumni-owned shop

By Thomas Pardee

October 31, 2008

In late October, Columbia alumni Mel Mastro and Jon Paul Neri were hurriedly painting.The couple's newly-leased shop was still empty, except for a couple of ladders, some odd brushes and a few board games in the window next to their hand made sign. Mastro said it was between applying coats of bright yellow paint on the shop wall that she noticed a man stop in front of the store window, glance from the games to the poster bo...

Columbia to close campus evening of Election Day

By Jessica Galliart

October 29, 2008

Columbia will close the majority of its buildings at 6 p.m. on Nov. 4, in anticipation of safety concerns brought about by the event in Grant Park. As stated in a press release sent by provost and senior vice president Steve Kapelke, class schedules will also be altered on Election Day, canceling any classes that begin after 3 p.m. Classes that begin before 3 p.m., even if they don't end until after 3 p.m., will go on as schedu...

10 years of novels and nosh

10 years of novels and nosh

October 26, 2008

Students can attend a free lunch to be inspired by authors, professors and their peers alike at an event sponsored by the Fiction Writing Department. The program, which is celebrating its 10-year anniversary and is one of t...

Faculty gets scoop on ranking changes

By Kaiti Deerberg

October 26, 2008

Faculty members gathered in the Ferguson Auditorium at the Alexandroff Campus Center, 600 S. Michigan Ave., on Oct. 22 to discuss the newly adopted faculty ranking system at Columbia.The meeting followed the board of trustees approval of adopting a faculty ranking system on Oct. 2. The board of trustees approved the new ranking system after a recommendation was gathered by a task force spearheaded by senior vice president ...

A stroke of luck

By Thomas Pardee

October 26, 2008

Brian Brock knew he was on to something.He could see it, because he had many times before. One question led to another, and then another. As a writer working on another man's memoir, the 48-year-old Schaumburg, Ill. native and 1985 graduate of Columbia's MFA Film program knew he couldn't rely on his own imagination.Brock needed details-those wild, tragic and bitterly ironic details that he knew would be critical. They were...

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. ...

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