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'Zoombombing' disrupts online learning, causing anxiety for some instructors

‘Zoombombing’ disrupts online learning, causing anxiety for some instructors

May 21, 2020

Christopher Shaw was ready for his first online "Introduction to Statistics" class to begin, but as students logged onto Zoom, he was struck by a surprise attendee—a Zoombomber. Shaw, an associate profe...

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Second City students keep laughter alive during pandemic

May 20, 2020

After cracking a joke, junior comedy and performance major Case Lowe waited for laughter and sounds of amusement, but instead received a grid of thumbs-up and clapping emojis from classmates on Zoom. ...

Jim DeRogatis uses his experience as a journalist and music critic to teach one of Columbia's

Jim DeRogatis receives Lifetime Achievement Award: ‘I’m not quite dead yet’

May 19, 2020

After receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award, all Jim DeRogatis had on his mind was the next story he planned to write, the latest episode of Sound Opinions and the next great album to be released.  ...

Theatre Department's ‘elephant in the room’ sparks discussion on safe spaces and cancel culture

Theatre Department’s ‘elephant in the room’ sparks discussion on safe spaces and cancel culture

May 18, 2020

After presenting their play in the "Playwriting: Advanced" class on Zoom, Estefania Unzueta was stunned when the instructor began to compare one of the Latinx characters in the play to the film term...

President and CEO Kwang-Wu Kim (center) offers a sneak peek at what life will look like when campus reopens.

Columbia’s new normal: six-foot distancing, face coverings and no roommates

May 13, 2020

With the Spring 2020 semester coming to an end, the college released its first draft of plans to resume on-campus instruction, residential living, student activities and work in the fall. In a Tuesday...

Senior Vice President and Provost Marcella David said department chairs, deans and associate deans are deciding which courses should be prioritized for in-person learning if classes do not fully resume on campus in the fall.

Provost addresses budget, reopening campus at Faculty Senate: ‘It’s going to be a really bad year for us all’

May 11, 2020

As the Spring 2020 semester draws to a close, Columbia joins thousands of colleges scrambling to provide answers for students, faculty and staff regarding plans for the coming school year. Althou...

The Pulse app is “the old fashioned way of dating people with a touch of technology,” by matching people in real-time with others based on the locations they have

It’s a match: Columbia students create campaign for dating app

May 11, 2020

One night while Ricardo Alvarado was out dancing at Persona Lounge, he wanted to approach a group of women but was not sure if they were looking to meet other singles or just out with friends. It became an ...

(Right) Newly election SGA President Anna Baumeister, a sophomore comedy writing and performance major, at a meeting with the 2019–2020 executive board.

Newly-elected SGA executive board confronts pandemic, prepares for next school year

May 9, 2020

Anna Baumeister knew she wanted to be part of the Student Government Association since her freshman year and now finds herself continuously hands-on with a task the association has never had to fac...

'Zoom fatigue,' the downside of constant video conferences

‘Zoom fatigue,’ the downside of constant video conferences

May 6, 2020

From Zoom calls for work meetings and classes, to socially-oriented FaceTime sessions, to happy hours with loved ones, coronavirus-induced lockdowns have many people turning to their screens as the...

The 2019 edition of Echo, a magazine produced in a course offered by the Communication Department each spring semester. The 2020 edition of Echo will still be printed, despite the coronavirus pandemic and campus closures.

Echo magazine balances timelines and deadlines during pandemic

May 6, 2020

When Colin Lenburg, a senior cinema art and science major and section editor at Echo magazine, learned campus buildings were closing due to the coronavirus, he was “pissed.” “I was like, 'A...

Columbia is preparing for multiple scenarios when considering reopening campus and potentially resuming in-person instruction late in the summer term.

BREAKING: Columbia plans to reopen in fall, hopes to resume in-person instruction in late summer

May 4, 2020

Columbia intends to reopen campus for the Fall 2020 semester and hopes to resume in-person instruction beginning in late summer, Senior Vice President and Provost Marcella David announced today. In a Mo...

With an uncertain future, the grade for online courses is incomplete

With an uncertain future, the grade for online courses is incomplete

May 1, 2020

Between four-hour zoom sessions, a poor WiFi connection at home and a lack of camera and sound equipment, freshman filmmaking major Kaitlyn Venturina said her classes are not nearly as engaging or e...

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