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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...

Students split over instructor’s dismissal

By Timothy Bearden

October 19, 2008

Recently, allegations of discriminating words that prompted the college to open an investigation by the Dean of Students about the incident involving Robert Kolodziej, an adjunct faculty member in the Arts, Entertainment and Media Management Department, resulted in the termination of his teaching contract last week. Kolodziej is still a full-time staff member in the Controllers Office.As reported in the Sept. 29 issue of T...

College celebrates creative nonfiction

By Lauren Kelly

October 19, 2008

Oct. 20 will mark the beginning of Columbia's 8th annual Creative Nonfiction Week, a four-day literary festival that explores and celebrates the genre of creative nonfiction through lectures, panel discussions and readings.The events are free and open to the public and will be held at Columbia's Film Row Cinema on the eighth floor of the 1104 Center, 1104 S. Wabash Ave., until Oct. 23.Presented jointly by the English, Fiction...

College tightens budget, MPC project unfazed

By Timothy Bearden

October 19, 2008

In the midst of the national economic downturn, Columbia President Warrick L. Carter issued a memo regarding what will be done in order to reduce the college's spending.The memo was sent out to the Columbia community on Oct. 15 and said the college would implement a hiring freeze of full-time positions, consider replacement positions on a case-by-case basis, restrict foreign and domestic travel not already approved by the admini...

African dance performance makes a comeback

By Thomas Pardee

October 19, 2008

One of the largest and richest cultural programs in Columbia's history is set to return to Chicago next week under new management.The DuSable Museum is set to host DanceAfrica Chicago on Oct. 31 at the Harris Theater in Millennium Park, 205 E. Randolph St. The college produced DanceAfrica annually for 15 years before cutting the program in 2005, but is now the lead sponsor of DuSable's much smaller version of the event.During i...

Actress wants to break ethnic barriers

Actress wants to break ethnic barriers

October 19, 2008

Elizabeth Peña's career has been quiet and potent. The ALMA Award-winning actress of stage and screen has starred in such memorable mainstream hits as Rush Hour and The Incredibles, but the characters that earn her the most respect are those ...

Columbia alumni launch ‘Moon Over Buffalo’

Columbia alumni launch ‘Moon Over Buffalo’

October 19, 2008

Breaking into Chicago’s theater scene is no easy task, but some Columbia alumni have found their way in. The opening season of the Saint Sebastian Players’ production of “Moon Over Buffalo” is led by Columbia cast ...

Critical Encounters: A toxic river runs through it

By Thomas Pardee

October 19, 2008

by Sandra AllenFaculty, Marketing Communication Department"When you thread the worm on the fish hook," my brother instructed, "grab it by its head and put the hook right there." He pointed to a greenish spot midway along the earthworm's body. "Then watch out for that black ooze that comes out of its end."  When I squirmed, he said, "Nothing wrong with the ooze; it's a little sticky, is all. Basically, it's what's left of ...

Columbia alumna blazes trail to Harpo Radio

By Eve Fuller

October 19, 2008

Juggling classes, homework and a job all with a cheerful smile helped Columbia graduate Katie Baker land a production assistant job at Oprah Winfrey's Harpo Radio in Chicago.After becoming Columbia's first student to earn an internship at Harpo Radio last year, Baker's supervisors said her professionalism and enthusiasm to learn paved the way for a dream job at the popular XM Satellite Radio station.Originally from Okemos, ...

Campus security aims for upgrade

Campus security aims for upgrade

October 19, 2008

Faculty are figuring out ways to give Columbia students easier access to classrooms. A plan proposed by Martha Meegan, director of Campus Safety and Security, aims to put key card readers on certain doors throughout Columbia’s cam...

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