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Organic Roof

By Colin Shively

September 11, 2009

The aroma of Indian cuisine wafts through the alleyways and storefronts on Devon Avenue while passers-by walk to accomplish their daily chores. Only a few trees and bushes line the sidewalks intermittently, most are small and turning shades of brown as the season changes. In an urban setting, it can be difficult to find forests in the  midst of a cement jungle.However, there are people who believe urban and rural can coinci...

Library expansion put on hold

By DerekKucynda

September 11, 2009

After discovering structural problems at the South Campus Building, 624 S. Michigan Ave., Columbia’s library has shifted a portion of its book collection to a remote location.With approximately 13,000 books added each year, the library currently holds about 270,000 books in its collection. After possibilities were researched and explored for the expansion of the library, the Office of Campus Environment learned that the...

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September 7, 2009

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Young Republicans gains membership in Chicago

By SpencerRoush

September 7, 2009

Young Republicans are breaking their silence and making their move in President Barack Obama’s own blue backyard, causing the Conservative group’s membership and volunteers to increase from last year.Conservative groups, such as Chicago Young Republicans and Cook County Republicans, have seen a large amount of interest in volunteering and becoming active since the new administration’s proposals.“We have seen a lot of new face...

Departments merge to offer one-stop shop for career needs

By DerekKucynda

September 7, 2009

In order to better serve college students affected by the economic downturn, Columbia has combined its career resources on campus with one goal in mind-to prepare college graduates for the workplace.By bringing together different departments such as the Portfolio Center and the Office of Student Employment, students now have a unified career resource organization called Career Initiatives, said Tim Long, director of the P...

Updated technology reigns supreme as buildings go green

By DerekKucynda

September 7, 2009

In an effort to modernize Columbia and improve sustainability, electrical, heating and ventilation systems were updated over the summer. In addition, various construction projects were completed to improve the safety of individuals at Columbia.However, due to budget cuts, certain building projects were put on hold as the college worked on renovating old systems and updating classrooms and labs with new equipment.One such pr...

Six degrees brings together electric duo

By WilliamPrentiss

September 7, 2009

He Say, She Say Producer Million $ Mano (Emmanuel Nickerson) and singer Drea Smith share a special bond that can be heard in their music. The way Smith’s voice rides Nickerson’s heavy bass in their song “Crash Dummie” suggests the entire product came from one dirty mind.The two musicians met at Columbia as undergrads and formed their band in 2007. They’ve been hard at work ever since, making music and performing a...

Check me out

Check me out

September 7, 2009

People change jobs,  cities and clothes, but even when trends come in and out of style, one woman is hoping the biggest change-president of the United States-is here to stay.Voter Kelly Jacobs drove eight hours from Hernando,  Miss.,  to attend the Obama rally held in Grant Park on Nov. 4."I left Mississippi at 2:30 a.m.," Jacobs said. "I arrived downtown, checked into my hotel and then walked about two miles to get here."Jacobs was spotted waiting in line to get into the Grant Park event at Michigan Avenue and Congress Parkway.  She sported a red, white and blue dress that she made herself out of two separate flags. The front and back were sewn together out of a peace flag and a flag that displayed the emblem of the University of Mississippi where her 18 and 19-year-old sons attend school."I made my dress. I wanted to be able to represent peace. I thought since I couldn't find the perfect outfit, I'd make it myself," Jacobs said.According to Jacobs, her dress was the first that she has ever worn where straight men told her, "I like your dress," she said."The world wants peace," Jacobs said. "That's why people tell me, ‘I've never seen a dress like that before.' That is what [the rally tonight] is all about."Jacobs is a farmer and self-proclaimed peace activist.  Her dress was adorned with various Obama buttons and pins with dangling numbers-4,189-that represent the number of American troops who have died in Iraq."[This pin] doesn't even reflect the 600 people that died in Afghanistan," she said.Jacobs said she has been protesting the war since it started."I'm just a farmer who has been happily married for 20 years," Jacobs said. "I'm not used to people saying they like my dress."

Learning Studio transitions to include more courses

By LauraNalin

September 7, 2009

Enter Columbia’s Learning Studio and look around. Students will see a state-of-the-art facility decorated with soundproof panels, computer pods and dry-erase boards to make their study session more relaxing and enjoyable.Starting this semester, Columbia’s Learning Studio, 618 S. Michigan Ave., will transition into a larger, more interactive community to provide students with a hub to feel comfortable studying while wor...

College Advising Center restructures

By CiaraShook

September 7, 2009

Columbia's Advising Center has made adjustments in the past few months to help students plan their curriculum and college career through an easier method.Until recently, all Columbia students, freshmen through seniors, would correspond with two advisers simultaneously. They would meet with their college adviser to discuss core classes and a faculty adviser to discuss their major.Starting this fall, the College Advising Ce...

Columbia replaces security firm

By LauraNalin

September 7, 2009

Wackenhut Corporation, Columbia's security partner for the past five years, was replaced by Allied Barton as the college's primary security firm on Aug. 28.Allied Barton, the country's largest provider of contract security, replaced Wackenhut after its contract with Columbia ended on Aug. 16. The college met with various security conglomerates in hopes of finding the perfect fit."We developed an interview panel after we made...

Convocation celebration

By CiaraShook

September 7, 2009

More than 3,000 students and faculty gathered in Grant Park in the spirit of the 1893 Columbian Exposition on Sept. 3 for Columbia's annual Convocation.Columbia President Warrick L. Carter welcomed fresh faces by acknowledging Columbia as the largest community of young creatives in the world."This is the last part of your downtime because starting Tuesday, we're going to work your butts to death, but that's what you came h...

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