The Columbia Chronicle

Journalism added to Columbia’s LA offerings

By Thomas Pardee

November 3, 2008

Even more Columbia students will have a chance to chase "the California Dream" next semester, thanks to a growing program setting participants on the fast track to Hollywood success.Columbia's Semester in LA program, which was launched nearly 10 years ago out of the Film and Video Department as a means to get eager seniors a head start in the industry, has grown since its inception to include classes from seven different col...

Dead come alive at Latino festival

By Kaiti Deerberg

November 3, 2008

Latino students with painted skeleton faces marched down S. Wabash Avenue to kick off a night of Latino tradition, dancing and food.The Latino Alliance hosted the 4th annual Dia de Los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, event on Oct. 30 in the Conaway Center at the 1104 Center, 1104 S. Wabash Ave.The event began with a procession from the Wabash Campus Building, 623 S. Wabash Ave., to the 1104 Center, 1104 S. Wabash Ave. The proces...

Columbia gamers flock to alumni-owned shop

By Thomas Pardee

November 1, 2008

In late October, Columbia alumni Mel Mastro and Jon Paul Neri were hurriedly painting.The couple's newly-leased shop was still empty, except for a couple of ladders, some odd brushes and a few board games in the window next to their hand made sign. Mastro said it was between applying coats of bright yellow paint on the shop wall that she noticed a man stop in front of the store window, glance from the games to the poster bo...

Columbia to close campus evening of Election Day

By Jessica Galliart

October 30, 2008

Columbia will close the majority of its buildings at 6 p.m. on Nov. 4, in anticipation of safety concerns brought about by the event in Grant Park. As stated in a press release sent by provost and senior vice president Steve Kapelke, class schedules will also be altered on Election Day, canceling any classes that begin after 3 p.m. Classes that begin before 3 p.m., even if they don't end until after 3 p.m., will go on as schedu...

New Head Start programs earn boost

By Thomas Pardee

October 27, 2008

Columbia’s Harris Center for Early Childhood Education is about to lend a helping hand to 10 community Head Start programs, thanks to a generous grant from the McCormick Foundation.The ECE has been awarded $600,000 to be used for “The Relay,” an 18-month pilot program aimed at improving professional development training for educational coordinators at various Head Start centers in Chicago.Karen Haigh, project manager a...

Kozol leads artistic ‘Conversation’

By Eve Fuller

October 27, 2008

A packed crowd of 600 teachers, students and supporters showed up to see educational activist and author Jonathan Kozol kick off the fifth season of Columbia's "Conversations in the Arts" series.In conjunction with Creative Nonfiction Week, Kozol spoke as a part of Columbia's Founders Lectures series that has hosted such popular celebrities in the past as Lauren Bacall, Mary Tyler Moore, Julie Andrews and James Earl Jones. ...

 

New student group fights for media reform

October 27, 2008

As the presidential campaign comes to a close in November, frustrations of how the election has been covered by the media reached a boiling point for some Columbia students. Students for Media Reform at Columbia College, a...

Human/Nature

By The Columbia Chronicle

October 27, 2008

by Ricky JohanetFreshman, marketing communicationsI look around at this strange environment. The air is clean. The only sound is the wind rustling the trees and grass. Cattle graze in the distance. There are no buildings or restaurants. The nearest source of drinking water is 10 minutes away. I can scream and hear my echo travel miles and miles into the belly of Appalachia. I am now completely secluded in the mountains of...

Good karma

By Lauren Kelly

October 27, 2008

In association with The Beats Go On... events held at Columbia, the Friends of the Library Signature Showcase will present "Buddhism and the Beats: The Impact of Eastern Philosophy on Beat Writers."The event will be presented by Dr. Stephen Asma, a full-time faculty member at Columbia.The two-hour event will be held on Oct. 29 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Ferguson Lecture Hall in the Alexandroff Campus Center, 600 S. Michigan...

 

10 years of novels and nosh

October 27, 2008

Students can attend a free lunch to be inspired by authors, professors and their peers alike at an event sponsored by the Fiction Writing Department. The program, which is celebrating its 10-year anniversary and is one of t...

Faculty gets scoop on ranking changes

By Kaiti Deerberg

October 27, 2008

Faculty members gathered in the Ferguson Auditorium at the Alexandroff Campus Center, 600 S. Michigan Ave., on Oct. 22 to discuss the newly adopted faculty ranking system at Columbia.The meeting followed the board of trustees approval of adopting a faculty ranking system on Oct. 2. The board of trustees approved the new ranking system after a recommendation was gathered by a task force spearheaded by senior vice president ...

A stroke of luck

By Thomas Pardee

October 27, 2008

Brian Brock knew he was on to something.He could see it, because he had many times before. One question led to another, and then another. As a writer working on another man's memoir, the 48-year-old Schaumburg, Ill. native and 1985 graduate of Columbia's MFA Film program knew he couldn't rely on his own imagination.Brock needed details-those wild, tragic and bitterly ironic details that he knew would be critical. They were...

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