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BREAKING: Columbia student information at risk in ransomware attack

BREAKING: Columbia student information at risk in ransomware attack

June 5, 2020

Updated Saturday, June 6 at 9 a.m. with information from Chief of Staff Laurent Pernot.  Columbia is the latest victim in an attack by a group of data hackers known as NetWalker that is threat...

Racial slur used on ColumbiaChi app initiates conflict among students

Racial slur used on ColumbiaChi app initiates conflict among students

June 5, 2020

Editor’s Note: The Chronicle does not condone or promote the use of the racial slur included in this article, however it is used as a point of reference and contextual evidence relevant to the story. The...

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Accessible Mask Project to develop inclusive face masks for deaf community

June 4, 2020

As a deaf person, Justin LeBlanc is hesitant to go out in public during the pandemic because of difficultly in communicating with others while wearing a face mask. The last time he went to the gro...

Faculty and staff forums provide clarity, but are ‘just the start’ for reopening campus

Faculty and staff forums provide clarity, but are ‘just the start’ for reopening campus

June 4, 2020

College administrators are openly answering questions and addressing concerns from faculty and staff members during online forums—where steps toward reopening campus through social distancing, red...

BREAKING: Data center alerted by 'malicious activity,' six applications down

BREAKING: Data center alerted by ‘malicious activity,’ six applications down

June 2, 2020

Six applications through Columbia’s data center are currently down until further notice due to “malicious activity” on Saturday, May 30. A Tuesday, June 2 collegewide email from Information T...

BREAKING: Kim addresses 'widespread unrest,' supports protesters

BREAKING: Kim addresses ‘widespread unrest,’ supports protesters

June 1, 2020

Over the weekend, Columbia was at the center of a series of downtown and South Loop protests for justice in the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer and in similar incidents agains...

The debate on student health insurance: Columbia is 'staying out of it'

The debate on student health insurance: Columbia is ‘staying out of it’

June 1, 2020

Unlike some colleges and universities in the city, Columbia does not provide health insurance to all students, leaving most to rely on local commercial or government-funded plans, their p...

Politics and religion: Student poems published in anthology series

Politics and religion: Student poems published in anthology series

May 29, 2020

Most of Victoria Chávez Peralta's professors encouraged them to share their poetry with the world. Peralta had published work before, but this time was different. This time, it was for the Latinx cult...

Hybrid courses, a combination of in-person and online instruction, will be offered at Columbia for the Summer term if Illinois enters phase four of Gov. J.B. Pritzker's five-phase plan by July.

Hybrid courses: the future of combined in-person and online summer classes

May 28, 2020

Shanna VanDerwerker, an adjunct faculty member in the Theatre Department, has never taught a hybrid course before, but this summer she will be one of 15 instructors teaching both online and in-person. VanDerwerker will be teaching “Musical Th...

The pandemic in pictures: Coronavirus sends photography students to a collaborative final project

The pandemic in pictures: Coronavirus sends photography students to a collaborative final project

May 28, 2020

Masked individuals walk down vacant sidewalks—in one photo a woman carries an abundance of groceries, and a man crosses the street in his work uniform in another. The images, made by senior Lud...

Riad Ismat, prolific writer and scholar with 'invaluable' knowledge

Riad Ismat, prolific writer and scholar with ‘invaluable’ knowledge

May 27, 2020

For Sami Hussain Ismat, his father will be remembered as determined and honest, with a love for humor, weekend morning sports games and being among others. Writer, theatre scholar and former adju...

Change in location: International students face challenges amid coronavirus pandemic

Change in location: International students face challenges amid coronavirus pandemic

May 27, 2020

Pablo Aguilar, a junior cinema art and science major and international student from Ecuador, drifted between different housing for more than a month before returning home April 30. When campus bui...

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