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Bill seeks accountability for credit card hawkers, colleges

 

By Thomas Pardee, Staff Reporter

September 22, 2008

Colleges and universities are being urged by Illinois lawmakers and advocacy groups to take measures to protect students from predatory credit card pushers. Illinois state treasurer Alexi Giannoulias visited several Chicago-area universities on Sept. 9 to announce a new ...

Columbia favors lectureship hires

By Timothy Bearden

September 22, 2008

Columbia's new full-time hires for the year seemed to focus on non-tenure track faculty.This year, Columbia hired 46 new full-time faculty members, 28 of which are non-tenure track. Also, 17 of those 28 were former adjunct faculty who moved into lectureships.Steve Kapelke, provost and senior vice-president, said the college is in favor of hiring more lecturers. He said they offer instructional flexibility, which allows the college to hir...

College heeds students’ call

By Mandy Treccia

September 22, 2008

At a monthly faculty forum, Columbia Provost Steven Kapelke discussed the creation of an honors program, more emphasis on international studies and the possibility of a faculty senate.In response to student feedback, Columbia administrators are exploring how to initiate an honors program. Kapelke said this is something that has been in the works for years, but now he thinks it is time to create one."We're hearing urgency f...

 

College enrollment numbers show steady increase

September 22, 2008

Columbia's most recent enrollment numbers, which the college released on Sept. 12, show upward trends in out-of-state and minority enrollment, as well as a higher ratio of full-time students to part-time students. Accordin...

New system moves campus job listings online

By Kaylee King

September 15, 2008

Finding a job at Columbia is now only a click away.The Columbia Works program, an ever-developing venture spearheaded by Kari Sommers, assistant dean of Student Life, is working to put all availableon-campus jobs online. The program will serve as a place where students can search for campus jobs and employers can come to find qualified students to hire."There are a lot of people supporting career goals for students," Somme...

Media Production Center gets South Loop home in 2009

By Timothy Bearden

September 15, 2008

The city of Chicago approved the purchase of land at 16th and State street on Sept. 11 for Columbia to begin building its proposed Media Production Center. The college has been working on obtaining the property for about two years, Doreen Bartoni, dean of the School of Media Arts, said. The MPC is Columbia's first newly constructed building and is set to be about 39,000 square feet in size. The college purchased the land ...

International student enrollment rising

By Thomas Pardee

September 15, 2008

Columbia is seeing a steady rise in its number of international students, according to new enrollment figures released on Sept. 10.According to the college's annual fall enrollment report, a new batch of 29 international students enrolled at Columbia this semester, up from 27 new international students in 2007.In 2006, 226 international students enrolled. This semester, 134 international students are studying at Columbia in total, ...

College seeks alternatives to pricey books

By Mandy Treccia

September 15, 2008

Along with the rising costs of utilities and everyday items like food, textbook prices are soaring. But Columbia's administration, the Student Government Association and an Illinois senator are proposing ways to provide some relief.Columbia's contract with its current textbook provider is up and the administration has jumpstarted the formation of a bookstore advisory committee. Students will work with the administration to r...

Natural Tendencies:Critical Encounters’ personal narratives on Human/Nature

By The Columbia Chronicle

September 15, 2008

by Frankie MigaczIt was the Fourth of July. I was in Canada and in a canoe. It was 40 degrees, and Mother Nature had brought the fireworks. Thin white spindles of lightning wove their way through the asphalt sky, illuminating the obsidian water with fleeting spider webs of light.Rain fell hard, cold and fast. In the brief moments of visibility, the dark water looked as if it teemed with millions of hungry fish desperately s...

ChaCha service raises fears of cell phone cheaters in the classroom

By MCT

September 15, 2008

A new cell-phone service that promises to give free answers to virtually any question within minutes has some academics worried that it will be yet another device to help students cheat.The Indianapolis-based ChaCha began its free service in January, and business has since mushroomed to 300,000 inquiries a day.Its 25,000 research guides respond via text message to questions on just about anything: the square root of 323 or...

UCrime provides stats, tracking for area crime

By MCT

September 15, 2008

Students have a new resource to help keep them diligent about on-campus crime through a crime mapping site.UCrime.com, an interactive website that tracks crime at more than 170 campuses across the United States, became available at Duke University in August.The website provides specifics like the date, time, location and type of crime using information in releases from the Duke University Police Department."Our goal at UCr...

Alcohol debate brews among colleges

By Mandy Treccia

September 15, 2008

Binge drinking on college campuses is not a new issue, but some college presidents are fighting for a solution.College presidents across the country are petitioning for the possibility of lowering the drinking age from 21 to 18 -sparking a major public debate.The Amethyst Initiative was launched in July to call for a reconsideration of 21 as the legal drinking age by John McCardell, former president of Middlebury College in Middlebury...

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