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Reaccreditation leads to revitalization

By Jazzy Davenport

April 6, 2009

The Higher Learning Commission came to Columbia and put the administration to the test last week to confirm or deny the school's reaccreditation, a process that happens once every 10 years.Eight representatives from the HLC were on campus for two days hosting forums, asking students questions and talking to faculty to suggest improvements and see if Columbia has been following through on its mission statement. Columbia had already su...

New major proposed, will link science, art

By Lauren Kelly

April 6, 2009

A new major may be offered at Columbia if approved at the College Council meeting on May 1. An undergraduate degree in Art Conservation, offered through the Science and Mathematics Department, may become the third undergraduate program in the country offering a degree in conservation.The major would combine many science and mathematics classes with fine arts, forging a new connection between the departments. The proposal was annou...

Literary event fires up passion for books

By Lauren Kelly

April 6, 2009

Over the next six weeks, Columbia will host events focusing on Ray Bradbury's classic novel Fahrenheit 451 as part of The Big Read, the largest literary initiative in United States history. The celebration is a nationwide event produced by the National Endowment for the Arts, with more than 200 participating communities."The Big Read aims to address directly the issue of a critical decline in reading for pleasure among American ...

Empty space full of ‘Manifest’-ing ideas

By Timothy Bearden

March 30, 2009

Manifest exhibits will temporarily fill the empty space left by the Writing Center's move from the 33 E. Congress Parkway Building, but budget constraints have left the room without a permanent occupant.Administrators at Columbia have been debating whether to move the bookstore to the space that has been empty since the Writing Center was moved into the 618 Building, 618 S. Michigan Ave., at the beginning of spring semeste...

Open play clubs dominate sports program

By Kaiti Deerberg

March 30, 2009

With warm weather and sunny days ahead, Columbia's spring athletic programs are gearing up for a new season.Lacrosse, soccer, baseball, volleyball, flag football and a weekly walk and run club will be offered to interested students."Most of the programs are going to be open sessions, except for baseball and lacrosse, which are signed up for conference and league play," said Mark Brticevich, fitness and recreation coordinator...

Creativity applied

By Kaiti Deerberg

March 30, 2009

Most Columbia students scurry around campus with a cell phone or mobile device grasped tightly in hand or tucked securely in a pocket.  As college students, most would be lost without this vital connection line.Colleges around the country are trying to capitalize on this trend and connect with students via their phones. One Columbia student is taking the college-student mobile connection to the next level, catapulting Columbia ...

Commencement honorees cross genres

By Lauren Kelly

March 30, 2009

The annual commencement honorees have been announced, and those chosen will be recognized during the 2009 Commencement ceremony at UIC Pavilion, 525 S. Racine Ave., on May 16 and 17.This year there are seven honorees, each of which was chosen by the college as exemplifying Columbia's ideal and spirit. One honoree will speak at each of this year's three commencement ceremonies.The ceremony on May 16 will honor interdiscipl...

Course fees renamed, restructured

By Lauren Kelly

March 30, 2009

To address student concerns surrounding the effective use of course fees, Columbia has constructed a new system to better handle the additional costs of classes.The new plan will go into effect for the fall 2009 semester and will completely change the current system that determines how much students will pay in additional fees per course aside from tuition credit hour costs.Some things that are usually paid for with these...

Carter: Tighter belts ahead

By Timothy Bearden

March 16, 2009

Columbia President Warrick L. Carter re-emphasized his plans for the "belt-tightening" announced back in fall 2008, as well as other issues, at his annual State of the College address on March 12.In October 2008, Carter announced a hiring freeze on new full-time positions, regulated traveling costs, both domestically and internationally, and a cut in unnecessary construction costs. He said there has also been salary freezes for him ...

Famed authors visit campus for Story Week

By Kaiti Deerberg

March 16, 2009

Columbia's Fiction Writing Department kicked off its 13th annual Story Week on March 14, featuring readings by acclaimed international authors and college students alike and honoring literary legends at venues throughout the city until March 20.The event has become popular not only among Columbia students, but Chicago as well during its 13-year run.This year, the festival will honor two of Chicago's most beloved authors, Studs ...

Students come to Darfur’s aid, prepare for rally

By Cody Prentiss

March 16, 2009

When Avery Ju got back to her apartment at the end of a long Friday night, she found a heartwarming sight: Her roommate was typing up a plan for a nonprofit group dedicated to aiding Darfur.That night, Ju, International Student Organization president, and her roommate had spent the evening watching the documentary Darfur Now at Columbia's Film Row Cinema in the 1104 Center, 1104 S. Wabash Ave.The showing was organized by t...

Classes gain deeper focus in service

By Lauren Kelly

March 16, 2009

Service-learning courses at Columbia may be getting a boost in funding and faculty support in coming months due to a potential government grant and faculty workshops that empower instructors to integrate community work into their classes.Columbia has integrated service-learning-which may involve community volunteering-projects and teaching, into classes in various departments and is continuing to expand these programs.On ...

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