The Columbia Chronicle

Old transformer delays new building’s opening

By Thomas Pardee

September 1, 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 1, 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 1, 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 1, 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 1, 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 1, 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...

Editor’s column

By Amanda Maurer

May 14, 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...

Metra amendment set to aid students

By Timothy Bearden

May 14, 2008

The Coalition of Chicago Colleges, which consists of various student governments from Chicago schools, met with Metra executives on May 5 to discuss student discounts on its rail system.Earlier this semester, the CCC submitted an amendment to the Illinois legislature to be attached to a current bill. The coalition hopes to expand the definition of students to encompass college students as well as grade school and high school...

Commencement back to previous venue, ceremony expands

By Becky Schlikerman

May 14, 2008

More than 2,000 Columbia students will walk across the stage and graduate on May 17 and 18 at the UIC Pavilion, 525 S. Racine Ave.Columbia officials expect 700 to 750 students at each of the three ceremonies and about 5,000 to 6,000 guests at each, said Mark Kelly, vice president of Student Affairs. Typically students bring an average of eight guests, he added.“They’ll be very well attended,” Kelly said.Although sea...

Across the Pond

By Taylor Swanson

May 14, 2008

The end of the semester holds a whole new level of meaning for the study abroad student in London. We only have a few weeks to get in any last-ditch London experiences. I bought tickets to a concert at Astoria 2, a notorious venue for hardcore and alternative-rock that is slated to be torn down. A few students are going to attempt to rush through every museum in London in a day. I may have drunk a lot of tea since I’ve ...

Scholarship tracking in its infancy, officials claim

By Christopher Brinckerhoff

May 14, 2008

In his March 19 State of the College address, Columbia President Warrick L. Carter said Columbia had 750 scholarships available for students, a number that might appear high to anyone who has checked out the scholarship page on Columbia’s website.The claim of 750 scholarships, however, is largely accurate, according to officials.Mark Lloyd, vice president of Marketing and Communication, provided a rough estimation of where the 750 inst...

DePaul land purchase

By Jessica Galliart

May 14, 2008

In the ongoing race for space in the South Loop, DePaul University has taken the lead over Columbia—for now.DePaul increased its real estate holdings in the South Loop by 25 percent with the purchase of the 14 E. Jackson Blvd. in June. According to a press release, the acquisition of the 18-story, 384,000-square-foot building makes DePaul the largest educational institution in the area and the largest owner of land with ...

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