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Artist was ‘charismatic in the extreme’

By Thomas Pardee

September 2, 2008

Marilyn Sward always kept the candy bowl at her desk filled to the top.Sward, the co-founder and former director of Columbia’s Book and Paper Arts Center, would offer sugar to her co-workers to diffuse stressful situations in the office.“It seems like such a small detail, but it was just who she was,” said former colleague and longtime friend Melissa Jay Craig. “I loved the energy of the workplace, and it was largely due t...

Staying in the Loop

By Joel Alonzo

September 2, 2008

You’ve finally started to settle into your new dorm room or apartment downtown. The girl across the hall is totally sweet, but she did just meet you. The guy a couple floors down is really cute, but you do still have that boyfriend back home.So what do you do now? You could walk down the halls and barge in on any open room you find. You could head over to the cafeteria and eat nine bags of Doritos. You could see how long ...

Columbia in 10 seconds … or less

By The Columbia Chronicle

September 2, 2008

New vice president of Human Resources appointedFormer St. Xavier University and American Heart Association official Ellen Ryan joined the Columbia administrative staff as vice president of Human Resources on July 28. Her office is in the 218 S. Wabash Ave. building.Center for Teaching Excellence appoints co-directorsLott Hill and Soo La Kim have been appointed co-directors of the CTE. Hill was formerly the acting director...

Old transformer delays new building’s opening

By Thomas Pardee

September 2, 2008

A power delay during construction in one of Columbia’s new buildings has pushed its move-in schedule back an entire semester, Columbia officials said.The new space at 916-1000 S. Wabash Ave. had been tentatively set to be ready for use this semester. Now, due to a delay in replacing a power transformer, several departmental offices and classrooms, including the Student Activities and Interdisciplinary Arts offices, will have t...

New emergency alert system installed

By Mandy Treccia

September 2, 2008

Columbia students will see something new around campus as they return to classes this fall-a newly installed emergency alert system.Over the summer, 3,000 LCD screens, speakers and flashing lights were installed in all of Columbia's buildings as part of the Alert Wave System, which will be used to alert students on campus of an emergency."The system is in every building in classrooms, hallways, lecture halls and gathering ...

Teens for green

By MCT

September 2, 2008

A 17-year-old Palo Alto, Calif., girl has launched what she hopes will become a nationwide youth movement focused on global warming.Last weekend, some 80 teenagers gathered at Stanford University for a three-day conference that marked the beginning of Inconvenient Youth, a campaign founded by Castilleja School rising senior Mary Doerr. Each is being trained to lead presentations on climate change based loosely on the one gi...

Natural Tendencies: Critical Encounters’ personal narratives on Human/Nature

By The Columbia Chronicle

September 2, 2008

by Marilyn ProppFaculty, Art and DesignI grew up in upstate New York, where darkly forested mountains, lakes and clear rushing rivers were part of my childhood—most of which was spent outdoors where the sense of freedom and open space became a part of my essential nature. Being outdoors meant blissful hours of solitude. I explored layers of earth, different rock formations, the changing feel of the wind: fresh and cool o...

New twist on off-campus housing

By Mandy Treccia

September 2, 2008

Students have a new off-campus housing option this fall with the opening of Dwight Lofts, 642 S. Clark St., just five blocks west of Columbia's campus.Dwight offers several loft options for students to choose from, including two-bedroom singles, two-bedroom doubles, four-bedroom singles and four-bedroom doubles. The rooms vary in size and some units are considered "VIP" rooms, which are large enough to accommodate a pool ...

Campus security officer dies

By Mandy Treccia

September 2, 2008

Longtime Columbia Security Officer Clyde Smith died on June 29 due to complications from pneumonia. He was 41.Smith worked at Columbia for about 17 years. He spent most of his time working in the Residence Center, 731 S. Plymouth Court, during the 3 p.m.-11 p.m. shift. Martha Meegan, director of Campus Safety and Security, said this was one of the harder shifts.Meegan said that [working in a] residential facility has its o...

Student concerns given little attention by faculty

By Miles Maftean

May 15, 2008

Students in the Audio, Arts and Acoustics Department have tried to voice their concerns about the growing number of problems in the department to the administration and to the Audio, Arts and Acoustics Department through letters and meetings with little or no response.Dan Thompson / The ChronicleThe Audio, Arts and Acoustics Department of the 33 E. Congress Parkway Building has shown little concern for the growing number of ...

Columbia shines at Pride with one of the best floats

By Brett Marlow

May 15, 2008

For the third consecutive year, Columbia has won an award for its float entry in the Chicago Gay Pride Parade, which took place June 29 in Chicago’s Boystown neighborhood.Columbia’s ABBA-themed “Dancing Queen” float won honorable mention from judges at PRIDE Chicago, the parade’s organizer.Niki GrangruthIn years past, Columbia’s float has won for the best organization float award for previous themes like “Nancy Sinatra” and ...

Editor’s column

By Amanda Maurer

May 15, 2008

This past year has been the longest one yet. As a reader, you now know my opinions and have learned of my lessons, and perhaps I’ll leave you with the most important one for my last column: You can’t do this alone.I’ve tried it both ways: Once about a year ago I thought I was too busy with my job here, class and commuting to spend quality time with anyone. It was the worst year of my life. I lost friends, hurt family...

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