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The Project of Appreciation invites students to send artwork, poems and photos to be delivered to Rush University Medical Center's Wellness Room.

Columbia professor creates ‘Project of Appreciation’ to thank health care workers

April 30, 2020

When Nicola Elder heard of a project to send artwork and cards showing appreciation for health care workers on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic, she immediately thought of her boyfriend's mother, ...

Columbia adds satisfactory/unsatisfactory option for graduate students, but few apply

Columbia adds satisfactory/unsatisfactory option for graduate students, but few apply

April 29, 2020

After Columbia expanded its pass/fail grading options for undergraduate students in a moment of academic stress due to the coronavirus and online transition, the college extended a similar option to g...

Theatre students turn to online spaces to salvage canceled productions as their classes also move online in the coronavirus-induced digital age.

The show must go on for Columbia’s theatre classes and shows

April 29, 2020

On her phone, Claire McConnell keeps a list of cabaret ideas. Last semester, she planned to make one of them a reality by creating a cabaret concert that uses only hit songs by the Swedish supergroup ABBA. ...

Most Columbia students will receive a $250 check and can additionally apply for a larger grant as part of the more than $3 million allocated for students under the CARES Act, but federal guidelines leave undocumented, DACA and international students ineligible.

Most Columbia students to receive grants, but CARES Act won’t entirely offset college losses

April 28, 2020

Most Columbia students will receive some form of federal financial aid as part of the CARES Act, through a one-time $250 check and potentially a larger emergency grant, the college announce...

(Left) Charee Mosby-Holloway, director of the Student Diversity and Inclusion office, was awarded Supervisor of the Year. (Right) Essence Mack, a junior graphic design major, was named Student Employee of the Year.

Student Employee and Student Supervisor of the Year announced: ‘It’s nice to be noticed for the things that you do’

April 28, 2020

Even a pandemic could not stop Columbia's Career Center from showing its appreciation for student employees. The Career Center’s annual celebration of National Student Employment Week, April 12–1...

Lack of facilities hinders success of online photography courses, students and faculty say

Lack of facilities hinders success of online photography courses, students and faculty say

April 28, 2020

To complete assignments for her "Experimental Photography/Graphics Techniques I" course, Nyia Sissac has crafted a makeshift darkroom in her parents' laundry room. Even with clothes now tangled with s...

'It puts us at a disadvantage': Fashion students grapple with online classes, lack of resources

‘It puts us at a disadvantage’: Fashion students grapple with online classes, lack of resources

April 24, 2020

When the college announced all classes would transition online in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, faculty in the Fashion Studies Department had a question: How do you teach fashion design courses ...

The Dwight Lofts dorm building, 642 S. Clark St., lies empty after students were forced to vacate in March due to the coronavirus pandemic.

After contradicting emails, Columbia clarifies policy on retrieving belongings from dorms

April 23, 2020

After a backlash from some dormitory residents, the college has informed students that they have until May 10 to remove their belongings. The college sent a Tuesday, April 14 email to re...

Online dance classes pose a ‘creative challenge’ for students and faculty

April 22, 2020

A 600-square-foot apartment with carpeted floors is not an ideal environment for any dancer, but that is where Maddi Keaton, a senior musical theatre major, and dance minor, will be taking her dance classes...

Vice President of Enrollment Management Michael Joseph said the admissions team has been “aggressively” signaling to prospective students that classes will be in-person in the fall because even entertaining the idea of online courses could negatively impact enrollment.

Columbia ‘anxious,’ while optimistic for Fall 2020 enrollment despite predictions of national decline

April 21, 2020

Across the country, colleges and universities are bracing for expected enrollment declines for the Fall 2020 semester because of the coronavirus pandemic and rocky transitions to remote learning. Wh...

Online music courses 'not ideal,' but produce 'great opportunities ahead'

Online music courses ‘not ideal,’ but produce ‘great opportunities ahead’

April 21, 2020

Cords snake along an apartment floor connecting laptops, monitors, amps, pedals, guitars and other equipment needed for an online private music lesson. Luckily, Nick Bilski, a senior music majo...

Columbia's 2020 graduates will be honored in May 2021 commencement ceremonies due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Seniors torn on commencement postponement until 2021: ‘At the end of the day, it’s the four years that you put in’

April 20, 2020

As a 31-year-old senior radio major, Eva Eig’s college experience has been different than most. She worked hard to get her education back on track after taking a few years off from school. What ...

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