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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...

Student contracts meningitis, treated

By Jessica Galliart

November 11, 2008

A Columbia student was recently treated for neisseria bacterial meningitis and is no longer contagious, according to an e-mail from Mark Kelly, Vice President of Student Affairs.Although the e-mail says the Chicago Board of Health has located and treated any close contacts to the student, students experiencing any sudden symptoms are urged to seek medical treatment at the Student Health Center, 731 S. Plymouth Court. Symptom...

Security issues postpone election night party

By Kaiti Deerberg

November 10, 2008

Columbia's Urban Music Association election night party on Nov. 4 was forced to be postponed due to security issues brought about by festivities in Grant Park.CUMA planned its "Voters' Block Party" for Nov. 4 in the Conaway Center at the 1104 Center, 1104 S. Wabash Ave., from 6 p.m. to midnight.Although it was announced on Oct. 30 classes were canceled Nov. 4 due to then senator Barack Obama's rally in Grant Park, the Vot...

No need for a headline

 

By Sara Harvey

November 10, 2008

As we were wrapping up The Election Issue, the staff at the Chronicle racked their brains for a headline that would sell. We needed a headline that would say "historic" and "connected to Chicago" at the same time. We played around with...

Chicago legend dies, leaves legacy at college

By Kaiti Deerberg

November 10, 2008

Famed author, historian, philanthropist, journalist and Chicagoan Louis "Studs" Terkel died in his North Side home on Oct. 31 at the age of 96.Terkel has worked with the Community Media Workshop, a nonprofit media organization located on Columbia's campus, to create better communication and journalistic coverage in the Chicago area and Midwest.The organization named Terkel its "patron saint" and has been giving awards in ...

The Election Issue

By The Columbia Chronicle

November 10, 2008

This week, The Chronicle canvassed the South Loop to bring our readers inside and out of the Obama rally in Grant Park. As one of the college media granted access into the event on Nov. 4, this issue is packed full with extensive photos and stories from around town.Away from the celebration in the park, Columbia and the city hosted and participated in other events around town. In the Nov. 10 Election Issue, The Chronicle has g...

Kelly outlines student affordability ‘conundrum’

By Thomas Pardee

November 10, 2008

Columbia's vice president of Student Affairs, Mark Kelly, outlined the financial challenges facing colleges all over the country during the monthly College Council meeting, held on Nov. 7 in the Hokin Annex, on the first floor of the Wabash Campus Building, 623 S. Wabash Ave.Kelly's presentation included data compiled about Columbia students' incomes and financing methods, as well as those of local schools like Loyola Universit...

 

Students gather to absorb election results

November 10, 2008

President-elect Barack Obama has been known to inspire large groups of young voters into organizing and coming together. So it shouldn't come as a surprise that on election night, a mere two blocks from the then-senator's Gra...

Obama rally in Columbia’s backyard

By Eve Fuller

November 10, 2008

Columbia's close proximity to Grant Park gave students easy access to attend President-Elect Barack Obama's historic Nov. 4 rally.An estimated 240,000 people were at the rally to hear Obama's victory speech beginning at about 11:00 p.m., long after the polls had closed."Obama reaches out to a lot of young people. He is refreshing," said Wilfredo Cruz, a sociology instructor in Columbia's Liberal Education Department.Tickets were requ...

Donor indicted on corruption charges

By Timothy Bearden

November 10, 2008

A continuing investigation by the U.S. District Attorney's office brought about the indictment of William Cellini Sr., a Columbia donor, for corruption charges on Oct. 30.Cellini Sr. was charged in a four-count indictment and is the 13th defendant in the case known as "Operation Board Games," said Randall Samborn, spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney's office. Other defendants include Antoin "Tony" Rezko, who was recently c...

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