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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 ...

 

Columbia to keep growing

March 16, 2009

Shortly after his State of the College address to the Columbia community on March 12, President Warrick L. Carter had a little more to say about where the college stands amidst a touch economic climate. The Chronicle sat d...

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 ...

Human Nature

By The Columbia Chronicle

March 9, 2009

I am just where I want to be, and although this feeling is fulfilled, there is another one born that does not dissipate so easily. I am still hungry, still longing, still anticipating and drawing in my breath. The race is never over; in fact, it has just begun.It comes like a blow to the head, and I am the victim of an insatiable appetite again. Something gleams in my eye and I cannot refuse its beauty, and I long for answers to the enigmas that captivate me. It used to be a one-way door, stuck inside the glossy ebony abyss of the television and computer screen, but now it is along the glistening asphalt streets of the rousing metropolis at night. I am just where I want to be, I tell myself, and yet I am captivated by my desires, perpetually desiring.Lust is an addiction akin to the illicit thrills and spasms of a powerful drug; I cannot stop myself from delving deep into the banks of my mind where these fantasies live. This one caught me by surprise, this incendiary rush of flush and vein and my heart behaves as it never has before-it too longs to walk along the pavements with me-and revel in the flesh of the species that moves it so.My jaws constrict at the sweet thoughts of this constant new rush, and it feels not unlike it has indulged in the consumption of a cordial or sumptuous brandy, for these thoughts heat my blood and all my lost vibrancy seems to return to me. I am fearless, struck by lightning, and indulging in bouts of hedonism; I submit to the luxury of my dear dreams.To be lovesick is an agony, to charge your mind and your heart and get high upon the trills and black satin strings of a ponder, to constantly wonder whether or not I'll see him again ... to have a Scorpio's loyalty and a penchant for dalliances is a sumptuous delight and a tempestuous nightmare.I strut as if under a spell, and line my eyes and lips so that they perform their inherent duty.There is such electricity flowing through me and it magnetizes me all the more to him, to his binding desire.I ache with a longing that pilfers through me and guts me beautifully in the stomach like the most stunning pain, and I grow hungry soon for another shot. I do not eat the earthly foods, though I know their voluptuous appeal will make me full and at least dampen these feelings for a moment.I instead long for the dreams, for the opportunities, and yet remain more reclusive out of fear, out of the snare that I am still a child who knows not the rules of love, but rather just revels in the mere splendid graces of it.Capture my tongue, lest I speak as the scarlet woman I am fated to be. The woman unaware of this effect, and always riddled by herself and frightened if the enigma is not discovered, she will lose her strident appeal so easily magnetic in the dawn of this dalliance.Oh but grace me with your tango and your backward kisses, and I shall not let you down.This desire is my survival. This crimson orchid has been tapered for so very long that the power of my own blossom makes me curious and afraid of its strange prowess, and my humbled words downtrodden by years of wrapping is writhing now and exists, but let it exist in full for the prowess of this magnetism sets me alight as I never have been before.My desire is my survival and the bane of my existence.The aim of "Natural Tendencies" is to show the relationships between humans and nature, as well as to better understand human nature. This is the third edition of Critical Encounters.If you would like to submit to Human "Natural Tendencies," please contact Kevin Fuller at (312) 369-8505 or kgfuller@colum.edu.

Lights out to illuminate efforts on climate change

By Lauren Kelly

March 9, 2009

As part of Earth Hour, an annual global event acknowledging the impact of climate change and energy use, the Columbia campus will go dark for one hour on March 28, along with dozens of other buildings and businesses in Chicago. From 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., everyone is encouraged by organizers to turn off their lights in a symbolic gesture to acknowledge environmental responsibility."Switching off your light switch is kind of a...

Alumni, administration party Oscar style

By Timothy Bearden

March 9, 2009

Columbia held its annual alumni Oscar party at the Universal City Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles on Feb. 22. Alumni were also invited to a similar event in Chicago.The event in LA was for West Coast alumni with more than 250 members of the Columbia community in attendance. And it's only growing, said Eric Winston, vice president of Institutional Advancement.Kim Clement, associate vice president in the Office of Institutional A...

Officials shed clothes, Carter apologizes

By Jessica Galliart

March 9, 2009

The actions of two high-ranking administrators at a Manifest kick-off meeting on Feb. 23 stirred up some controversy last week on campus.After at least one complaint was filed with Human Resources, an incident at the open meeting involving Mark Kelly, vice president of Student Affairs, and Eliza Nichols, dean of the School of Fine and Performing Arts, briefly shedding garments was brought to the attention of the Office of the...

Council talks accreditation, affordability

By Kaiti Deerberg

March 9, 2009

The College Council discussed final preparations for an upcoming visit from the Higher Learning Commission, a commission that accredits colleges.Provost and senior vice president Steve Kapelke reminded the College Council during their last meeting on March 6, about the accreditation renewal visit taking place March 30-April 1 from the Higher Learning Commission. The commission is one of five regional accreditation bodies that...

Columbia enrollment trends fluctuate by major

By Lauren Kelly

March 6, 2009

Though undergraduate enrollment at Columbia has increased by 21 percent since 2004, some majors are growing at a much faster rate than the overall population.The fastest growing major at Columbia is Cultural Studies, which was introduced to the school six years ago after students expressed interest in the program. Sixty students were enrolled in the major in 2004, and by fall 2008 there were 125, a growth of 108 percent ove...

Veterans voice need for resources on campus

 

By Bethany Reinhart

March 2, 2009

Devon Edwards loves the spoken word, poems and music—something he came to understand about himself during his years in the United States Military. He feels comfortable in front of a large cr...

ShopColumbia plans for growth, new services

By Lauren Kelly

March 2, 2009

ShopColumbia, the on-campus store that features and sells student work, will begin to expand services for customers and become more involved with academic departments in the coming months.The shop, located on the first floor of the Wabash Campus Building, 623 S. Wabash Ave., has had increasing business from Columbia patrons and Chicagoans since opening Oct. 15 and is still evolving."We're still in our infancy, perhaps todd...

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