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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...

Metra amendment set to aid students

By Timothy Bearden

May 15, 2008

The Coalition of Chicago Colleges, which consists of various student governments from Chicago schools, met with Metra executives on May 5 to discuss student discounts on its rail system.Earlier this semester, the CCC submitted an amendment to the Illinois legislature to be attached to a current bill. The coalition hopes to expand the definition of students to encompass college students as well as grade school and high school...

Commencement back to previous venue, ceremony expands

By Becky Schlikerman

May 15, 2008

More than 2,000 Columbia students will walk across the stage and graduate on May 17 and 18 at the UIC Pavilion, 525 S. Racine Ave.Columbia officials expect 700 to 750 students at each of the three ceremonies and about 5,000 to 6,000 guests at each, said Mark Kelly, vice president of Student Affairs. Typically students bring an average of eight guests, he added.“They’ll be very well attended,” Kelly said.Although sea...

Across the Pond

By Taylor Swanson

May 15, 2008

The end of the semester holds a whole new level of meaning for the study abroad student in London. We only have a few weeks to get in any last-ditch London experiences. I bought tickets to a concert at Astoria 2, a notorious venue for hardcore and alternative-rock that is slated to be torn down. A few students are going to attempt to rush through every museum in London in a day. I may have drunk a lot of tea since I’ve ...

Scholarship tracking in its infancy, officials claim

By Christopher Brinckerhoff

May 15, 2008

In his March 19 State of the College address, Columbia President Warrick L. Carter said Columbia had 750 scholarships available for students, a number that might appear high to anyone who has checked out the scholarship page on Columbia’s website.The claim of 750 scholarships, however, is largely accurate, according to officials.Mark Lloyd, vice president of Marketing and Communication, provided a rough estimation of where the 750 inst...

DePaul land purchase

By Jessica Galliart

May 15, 2008

In the ongoing race for space in the South Loop, DePaul University has taken the lead over Columbia—for now.DePaul increased its real estate holdings in the South Loop by 25 percent with the purchase of the 14 E. Jackson Blvd. in June. According to a press release, the acquisition of the 18-story, 384,000-square-foot building makes DePaul the largest educational institution in the area and the largest owner of land with ...

Media Production Center update

By Sara Harvey

May 15, 2008

Columbia is a step closer to purchasing the land at 16th and State streets for the construction of the Media Production Center.The Community Development Commission voted unanimously to recommend to City Council the sale of the $3.2 million parcel of land for $200,000.The one-story Media Production Center will include two sound stages, a motion capture studio and an animation lab, among other amenities, for film, video and ...

Computer games prep students


May 15, 2008

School districts eager to boost scores and keep pace with federal mandates are using computer games, electronic blackboards and even pep rallies to prepare students for state exams.Technology in particular has become a mainstay for some schools as they prepare students for an acronym soup of tests.For example, in late April and early May, students in the fifth through seventh grades in Bergen and Passaic counties will take th...

SGA elects new executive board for 2008-2009

By Timothy Bearden

May 15, 2008

The Student Government Association elections have been held and the results are in. Voting for the senators ended on May 2 and the executive board nominees were voted on on May 6.The new senators have already taken over as of May 6, but the executive board won’t officially be in charge until June 1. The new senate convened on May 6 to vote on their leaders for next semester.Jody Warner / The ChronicleJenna Dillion, the D...

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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