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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...

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...

Someone you should know: Wellner debunks Middle East misconceptions

By Thomas Pardee

September 8, 2008

Every other week, The Chronicle will profile people on campus who are doing interesting or important things.We're always watching for faculty, staff and students with a story to tell.Here's someone you should know.Growing up in southwestern Wisconsin, Regina Wellner knew the world was bigger than her small-town lifestyle would suggest.Wellner, now a Columbia instructor and staff member, was always attracted to learning, discov...

Compatibility survey pairs up college roommates

By MCT

September 8, 2008

University of California-Berkeley sophomore Katie Nelson said that she always has one burning question about potential dorm roommates."You wonder if they are going to be a psychopath," said Nelson, 19. "After that, the next question is: Are they messy?"Compatibility is key when it comes to communal living, particularly when the room is smaller than most studio apartments. The night owl won't appreciate the early riser, and th...

Valedictorian gets scholarship, not deportation

By MCT

September 8, 2008

A generous benefactor has made a Bullard High School valedictorian's university hopes a reality.Arthur Mkoyan, 17, said Aug. 13 that he'll be attending the University of California at Davis thanks to a Northern California woman who read about his plight and decided to help him in a big way.Mkoyan, whose college dream was nearly destroyed by deportation to Armenia, will attend his first college choice after all.A month ago,...

Registration helps students ‘rock the vote’

By Thomas Pardee

September 8, 2008

Local volunteers were on hand during Columbia's U-Pass distribution last week to help simplify the voter registration process for students. The Office of Student Communication's campaign produced 863 voter registration forms-much more than the 600 they were aiming for, organizers said.The registration booth was located at the 1104 Center, 1104 S. Wabash Ave., next to the exit doors in order to attract students picking up thei...

Graduates admitted through Student Affairs

By Timothy Bearden

September 8, 2008

Graduate admissions will now be handled by Student Affairs and will no longer be a part of the Graduate Office.The Graduate Administration and Student Services office originally handled the admissions into the graduate program. The department wanted to combine the efforts of the two offices said, Steve Kapelke, provost and senior vice president."The reason for doing it was simply so we could put more resources at the service...

New emergency alert system installed

By Mandy Treccia

September 2, 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 2, 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 2, 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 2, 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 2, 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...

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