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BMX tour makes its Chicago debut

By Jazzy Davenport

July 6, 2009

For the first time in their five-year history, the BMX open landed in Chicago.  During the two-day DEW tour, BMX athletes competed against the famous Chicago skyline in four disciplines: park, vert, street, and dirt.  The competitors competed in preliminary qualifying rounds before advancing to the final competition which would be broadcast on prime-time television."Usually we host the BMX tour in arenas around the country, but ...

‘Rocky Horror’ gets new interpretation

By Spencer L. Roush

May 11, 2009

Columbia's American Sign Language-English Interpretation Department is doing the "Time Warp" again-with black eyeliner, sequined outfits, feathered boas, teased hair and many pairs of fishnet stockings-to be featured in the Manifest Festival for their final "Rocky Horror Picture Sign Show" performance.Since Manifest became tradition at Columbia, ASL students have participated only as interpreters for the many student showcases ...

Students make mental health a priority

By Jazzy Davenport

May 11, 2009

In fall 2009, Columbia is set to become the first ever college chapter of To Write Love on Her Arms, a national organization that has dedicated itself to helping people who suffer from mental illnesses such as depression, suicide, addiction and self-injury."The Columbia chapter will be the first college chapter and will focus on destigmatizing mental health," said Leslie Watland, coordinator of the Office of Student Engagem...

Hundreds of students, pros set for Industry Night

By Kaiti Deerberg

May 11, 2009

Thousands of students, friends and family will descend on Columbia's campus May 15 to celebrate Manifest, but the night before will be devoted to seniors putting forth one last effort to make career connections.May 14 will mark Columbia's second annual Industry Night, where students mingle and network with industry professionals on campus, and this year is bigger than ever. Six hundred and thirty-three professionals were se...

Screen stars illuminate festive summer nights

By mlekovic

May 11, 2009

AFTER classes are over and summer is in full effect, the Mayor’s Office of Special Events will host its annual six-week Outdoor Film Festival in Grant Park.Throughout July and August, the Mayor’s Office of Special Events will be playing seven movies: Sunset Boulevard, Duck Soup, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Born Yesterday, Psycho, Young Mr. Lincoln and Tootsie. The screenings are free and open to the public.“The movies are ...

VIDEO: Science course brings out musical side in students

May 11, 2009

Every Tuesday afternoon and Thursday morning, science and mathematics professor David Dolak turns an ordinary chemistry classroom into a riveting wood shop where students construct their own banjos, cigar box ...

Some college resources still available during summer break

By Lauren Kelly

May 11, 2009

Although the spring courses officially end May 15, some students continue to utilize the campus and its services throughout the summer.Columbia offers many resources for students during the summer months that enable them to continue creating work and practicing their crafts.Students can take a number of classes over the summer term for regular credit. Those enrolled in summer courses will begin May 26. More than 100 class...

Your name here

By Jazzy Davenport

May 11, 2009

Anyone could have his or her name on the new Media Production Center that Columbia is building-all it takes is the donation of a hefty chunk of change toward the $21 million project.Because Columbia is paying for the building with donations from alumni and donors, the building will be named after one of the donors."The person who gives the most money will have their name on the Media Production Center," said Eric Winston, vice ...

Commencement marches to its own beat

By Kaiti Deerberg

May 11, 2009

On May 16 and 17, Columbia's newest group of graduates will walk across the UIC Pavilion Stage for this year's commencement ceremonies.More than 2,100 students are set to graduate, and organizers are expecting a large crowd at the unticketed event."We don't ticket the commencement ceremony," said Mark Kelly, vice president of Student Affairs. "We want students to be able to invite and bring whomever they want there, whether ...

A different kind of summer school

By Lauren Kelly

May 11, 2009

Every year, Columbia has many opportunities for students to increase their global awareness by traveling to different countries through study abroad programs. This summer, there are three main international programs, sponsored by the Office of Academic Initiatives and International Programs.The largest program, which takes place June 25 to July 25 in Florence, Italy, offers six classes from different departments through the...

College to amp up grad honors requirements

By Jazzy Davenport

May 4, 2009

Starting fall 2009, Columbia will make it more difficult for its students to graduate "with honors."In their last meeting of the academic year, College Council also voted to begin to implement a Latin motto which would include cum laude, magna cum laude and summa cum laude. Summa cum laude, which in Latin means "the highest praise," would replace the existing degree with honors that 40 percent of students currently earn."The re...

SGA travels to Springfield, meets Gov. Quinn

By Lauren Kelly

May 4, 2009

As a part of Student Lobby Day on April 21, presented by the Federation of Independent Colleges and Universities, four Student Government Association (SGA) senators from Columbia visited the state capital to speak with representatives.Attending the event were SGA President Jessica Valerio, Vice President of Communications John Trierweiler, Journalism Senator Sarah Luckett and Film & Video Senator Michael Lencioni, alo...

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