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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...

Everything you should know about hand washing during the coronavirus pandemic

April 22, 2020

At the beginning of March as the coronavirus pandemic accelerated in Illinois, Columbia began placing Centers for Disease Control and Prevention posters in various bathrooms around campus.  These poste...

Gov. J.B. Pritzker announces expanded efforts to provide relief for private and commercial student loan recipients during the coronavirus pandemic.

Illinois expands payment relief for student loan borrowers

April 22, 2020

Following Congress' CARES Act that provided financial relief for student loan borrowers by postponing repayment, Gov. J.B. Pritzker is expanding the effort to include private and commercial student loan rec...

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 ...

Freshman arts management major Emma Ivy finds time to make music, work at Shop Columbia and create her own earring business while taking 18 course credits.

DIY jobs: Pandemic fails to stop students’ drive to create side hustles

April 20, 2020

When Giovanna Martin’s father spilled bleach on her black T-shirt, her mother’s first thought was to throw the shirt away. But Martin had other plans. With a spray bottle of bleach in hand, she ...

2020 census: 'Think about the community that invests in you day in and day out'

2020 census: ‘Think about the community that invests in you day in and day out’

April 15, 2020

While practicing social distancing and transitioning to online classes, college students have another responsibility that may be getting lost in the chaos of the coronavirus pandemic: the 2020 cens...

Columbia will receive $6 million in federal aid per Congress' stimulus deal; employees will work from home through the end of May; and instructors will use a special attendance report.

Three coronavirus updates you need to know about Columbia

April 14, 2020

There is a lot going on as Columbia—and the rest of the world—reckons with a global health pandemic and the college enters its second week of online classes. "Inevitably, not everything that we try o...

Columbia part-time faculty union president Diana Vallera.

Part-time faculty to receive additional payment for online transition; college to limit ‘surveillance’ of instructors

April 14, 2020

Part-time faculty will receive an additional week of compensation for their work in transitioning courses online during Columbia's three-week "pause." The union representing part-time faculty member...

'What am I going to do?' Younger workers, including students, hit hard by unemployment rise

‘What am I going to do?’ Younger workers, including students, hit hard by unemployment rise

April 13, 2020

When Madalyn Rain realized she was unable to return to all three of her part-time jobs because of the coronavirus pandemic, she grew uneasy with the fact that she would not be making money. “To be...

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