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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...

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...

Columbia to continue with renewed accreditation

By Brandon Smith

September 20, 2009

Columbia’s status as an accredited institution of higher learning was unconditionally continued for the next 10 years as of Sept. 14 by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The decision was widely expected by the Columbia administration. The HLC review group’s report frequently praised the college and didn’t publicly cite areas in which the college needed to im...

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...

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