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Topping the charts

By Kaiti Deerberg

December 1, 2008

Just weeks after releasing a memo about the college's need to tighten budgets and cut costs, Columbia President Warrick Carter was named the third highest paid private college president in the state of Illinois for 2006-07 in a survey conducted by The Chronicle of Higher Education.Colleges and universities across the nation are required by law to release federal 990 tax forms each year, detailing financial data for even pr...

Award-winning ads aim to please

By Kaitlyn McAvoy

December 1, 2008

Columbia's Marketing Department celebrated this year's top broadcasted advertisements on Nov. 25 by showing a film reel of work from winners of the international advertising award-The One Club's One Show.The event was held at the 8th floor Film Row Cinema in the 1104 Center, 1104 S. Wabash Ave., from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., and drew about 30 Columbia students, alumni and industry professionals.The reel lasted a little more...

Film students shine at festival

By Adel Johnson

November 24, 2008

On Nov. 19, the Take 1 Film Festival screened 10 short films of Production I and II students and awarded students from each class with a jury award and an audience choice award.Film and Video Department festival coordinator Wenhwa Ts'ao said the submissions were final projects in last semester's production classes, chosen through votes in each class section.Freshman film major Chris Delsesto said that seeing the work of his ...

Production week helps students polish portfolios

By Thomas Pardee

November 24, 2008

Columbia's Portfolio Center held the last of three production weeks of the semester Nov. 18-21, all as part of its ongoing effort to boost students' chances of landing a great first job.November's Portfolio Production Week, held in the Portfolio Center's office on the third floor of the Wabash Campus Building, 623 S. Wabash Ave., included days designated to help students design business cards, CD and DVD covers and any other...

Future course fees still to be determined

By Timothy Bearden

November 24, 2008

Despite previous reports earlier this semester, Columbia will not yet eliminate course fees from the college, Steve Kapelke announced to the Student Government Association on Nov. 18.Kapelke said the board of trustees rejected the original plan to do away with fees and suggested the senior administration come up with a different plan. The elimination of course fees, as reported in The Chronicle on Oct. 27, would have create...

Big turnout at Columbia’s Wellness Fair

By Kaitlyn McAvoy

November 17, 2008

Students seem to have a tough time talking about STDs. Bennett Decker-Bottero, a freshman theater major, said his friend thought he might have an STD but didn't want to pay to get tested and was nervous about going to a hospital to do so. Columbia's Wellness Fair on Nov. 12 offered a solution-free STD testing conveniently on campus.Chicago's Department of Public Heath tested students for gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis and HIV at the bi-...

Separate festivities highlight social segregation

By MCT

November 17, 2008

The homecoming football game had just ended, and students clad in orange T-shirts were swarming the quad in search of post-tailgating festivities, but the nearly 1,700 black students packed in a nearby auditorium at the Downstate campus barely noticed.They were engrossed in African-American Homecoming, a separate celebration complete with its own pageant, fashion show and step performance that has stirred controversy and highlig...

Podcasts help keep parents ‘in theLoop’

By Kaiti Deerberg

November 17, 2008

Columbia is planning to use new multimedia applications to keep parents informed and connected to the college's campus and student body.Mark Kelly, vice president of Student Affairs, released an announcement in October on the Columbia website about a new plan to create monthly podcasts geared to parents of Columbia students.The project is a supplement to the new "parent" section of theLoop that aims to keep parents updated on eve...

HBO Films names alumnus new president

By Thomas Pardee

November 17, 2008

With titles like Analyze This, Blood Diamond and Recount under his producer belt, it was only a matter of time before Columbia alumnus Len Amato got a promotion.Last month, the 1975 graduate of Columbia's Film Department was named president of HBO Films, a newly sanctioned division of the premium cable TV network HBO.Amato, who served as a vice president for the network since 2005 after a colorful career as a full-time prod...

Uphill climb for Columbia sports

By Timothy Bearden

November 17, 2008

As the Columbia Renegades men's basketball team prepared for their game against Olivet Nazarene University on Nov. 13, looking for its first win of the season, the club had to postpone its hopes of defeating the 2-4 Tigers until February due to lack of funding for transportation to the game in Bourbonnais, Ill."The Athletics Department doesn't have any bus or van, so we usually try to rent one," said Josh Hasken, president of Colu...

Bookstore tops SGA talks

By Kaiti Deerberg

November 17, 2008

Columbia students could be expecting a new, more expansive bookstore full of extra perks in the future.The Student Government Association met Nov. 11 to discuss the initial planning of a new and improved bookstore on campus.Jessica Valerio, president of SGA, opened the meeting with an update on SGA’s movement toward a new bookstore. The Bookstore Advisory Committee met earlier in the week with administration and represe...

ShopColumbia thrives with students, Chicagoans

By Thomas Pardee

November 17, 2008

A month after opening its doors, Columbia's latest effort to help spread homegrown artwork across the campus and city is thriving, organizers said.ShopColumbia, the recently opened boutique located on the first floor of the Wabash Campus Building, 623 S. Wabash Ave., sells a variety of work created by current Columbia students and faculty. Since its launch on Oct. 16 as part of the college's "Talk the Walk" curatorial tou...

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