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Radio course pushes students to ‘go deep’

By Thomas Pardee

September 2, 2008

With the likes of David Sedaris and Ira Glass defining popular radio storytelling as a narrative art form, it was only a matter of time before Columbia responded.The Radio Department is offering its first semester-long course on narrative radio called "The Radio Narrative," taught by writer, broadcast journalist and Columbia faculty member Dave Berner, who has been working as a radio and online journalist in Chicago for 20 year...

City of big eatin’

By Sara Harvey

September 2, 2008

Chicago’s World Fair first introduced America to hamburgers and shredded wheat in 1893. Ever since, Chicago’s been proving to the world that it’s definitely no second city—from slices of deep-dish pizza packed with ingredients to punk-rock pastries to juicy Italian beef. We’ve selected a few of the best places to give you a taste of what makes Chicago the city of big eatin’.BEST CHICAGO-STYLE PIZZALou Malnati...

There goes the neighborhood

By Brett Marlow

September 2, 2008

Chicago is made up of a lot of neighborhoods, and living downtown won’t mean you’re not in the heart of city life. Many of the neighborhoods are no more than 20 to 30 minutes from downtown on public transportation. The city’s numerous neighborhoods are all known for their own unique qualities, and depending on your tastes and rent ranges, you’ll be able to settle into one that fits you.Maurice Ortiz, marketing direct...

Some classes canceled due to power outage in South Loop

By Brett Marlow

September 2, 2008

Columbia has canceled classes in the Dance Center, 1306 S. Michigan Ave., the Theater/Film Annex, 1415 S. Wabash Ave., and the Sherwood Conservatory of Music, 1312 S. Michigan Ave., due to a power outage in the South Loop. Classes will resume Sept. 3. Students were notified of the cancellations via Columbia's Emergency Notification System.

Columbia falls back into swing at Convocation

By Timothy Bearden

September 2, 2008

Despite the wet conditions, spirits weren’t dampened at Convocation, Columbia’s new student celebration, on Aug. 28 in Grant Park between the intersections of Michigan Avenue and Balbo Drive and Columbus Drive and Balbo Drive.Like last year, the student-produced festival was in 1893 style, the year Columbia officially became a college, with cigarette girls, mimes on stilts and a genie. Resident carnival barker Mark Kell...

Artist was ‘charismatic in the extreme’

By Thomas Pardee

September 2, 2008

Marilyn Sward always kept the candy bowl at her desk filled to the top.Sward, the co-founder and former director of Columbia’s Book and Paper Arts Center, would offer sugar to her co-workers to diffuse stressful situations in the office.“It seems like such a small detail, but it was just who she was,” said former colleague and longtime friend Melissa Jay Craig. “I loved the energy of the workplace, and it was largely due t...

Staying in the Loop

By Joel Alonzo

September 2, 2008

You’ve finally started to settle into your new dorm room or apartment downtown. The girl across the hall is totally sweet, but she did just meet you. The guy a couple floors down is really cute, but you do still have that boyfriend back home.So what do you do now? You could walk down the halls and barge in on any open room you find. You could head over to the cafeteria and eat nine bags of Doritos. You could see how long ...

Columbia in 10 seconds … or less

By The Columbia Chronicle

September 2, 2008

New vice president of Human Resources appointedFormer St. Xavier University and American Heart Association official Ellen Ryan joined the Columbia administrative staff as vice president of Human Resources on July 28. Her office is in the 218 S. Wabash Ave. building.Center for Teaching Excellence appoints co-directorsLott Hill and Soo La Kim have been appointed co-directors of the CTE. Hill was formerly the acting director...

Old transformer delays new building’s opening

By Thomas Pardee

September 2, 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...

Student concerns given little attention by faculty

By Miles Maftean

May 15, 2008

Students in the Audio, Arts and Acoustics Department have tried to voice their concerns about the growing number of problems in the department to the administration and to the Audio, Arts and Acoustics Department through letters and meetings with little or no response.Dan Thompson / The ChronicleThe Audio, Arts and Acoustics Department of the 33 E. Congress Parkway Building has shown little concern for the growing number of ...

Columbia shines at Pride with one of the best floats

By Brett Marlow

May 15, 2008

For the third consecutive year, Columbia has won an award for its float entry in the Chicago Gay Pride Parade, which took place June 29 in Chicago’s Boystown neighborhood.Columbia’s ABBA-themed “Dancing Queen” float won honorable mention from judges at PRIDE Chicago, the parade’s organizer.Niki GrangruthIn years past, Columbia’s float has won for the best organization float award for previous themes like “Nancy Sinatra” and ...

Editor’s column

By Amanda Maurer

May 15, 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...

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