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In response to Columbia’s finances

April 25, 2016

Filed under Letters to the Editor, Opinion

I’ve been checking out the recent financial issues Columbia College has been facing, and frankly I am very worried about the survival of Columbia College Chicago.I am a 1986 alumna, and my major was music/theatre. The experience I had at Columbia I describe as nurturing and therefore transforming. I loved my teachers and my classmates as if they were family. It taught me to be a critical thinker, a problem solver who thinks outsi...

Freshmen need greater inclusion

February 29, 2016

Filed under Letters to the Editor, Opinion

 First I would like to say, there are many wonderfully rare and beautiful aspects of Columbia College Chicago that should never be taken for granted. In this letter though, I would like to address a serious issue I believe Columbia is dealing with. As a student, many of my colleagues would agree that the overarching community at the school is, well, nonexistent. I arrived in Chicago September 2015, full of hope and exci...

In response to the ‘Sex Issue’

February 15, 2016

Filed under Letters to the Editor, Opinion

In good part, this week’s issue of the Chronicle provided a comprehensive overview of the role of sex in our lives. At the same time, one important aspect of sexuality was not afforded the coverage it deserves—namely, sex and spirituality. So, I am submitting the [following] for your consideration. Sex, rather than being the great temptation that leads one astray, the surest road to hell, can be a path to spiritual dev...

In response to United Staff of Columbia College criticism

February 8, 2016

Filed under Letters to the Editor, Opinion

On the surface, someone reading [Jennie] Fauls’ Letter to the Editor might be inclined to feel that [United Staff of Columbia College] has done something untoward in [its] rejection of the College’s merit pay proposal — certainly, that seems to be the way she feels. However, what Ms. Fauls fails to acknowledge is that the leadership of US of CC brought that proposal to a general membership meeting, and it was rejected ac...

In response to the Editor’s Note on Monetary Award Program grants

February 8, 2016

Filed under Letters to the Editor, Opinion

Dear Editor, Thanks to Kyra Senese (Columbia Chronicle, Editor’s Note, Feb. 1, 2016) for highlighting the crisis in MAP (Monetary Award Program) funding for Illinois college students. More than 130,000 students across Illinois, including almost 2,000 at Columbia, have been denied promised money due to Gov. [Bruce] Rauner’s refusal to sign a state budget.  Universities have begun to plan cuts in faculty and staff, and one, C...

In response to non union staff merit raises, union negotiations

February 1, 2016

Filed under Letters to the Editor, Opinion

US of CC had no right to block staff’s opportunity to earn merit pay. The majority of their forced constituency does not support opposition to the concept of merit. US of CC has virtually no leverage in their aggressive ideological bargaining and very little support as a representative body. Their long term plan is obstruction and political grandstanding. They try again and again, unsuccessfully, to drum up interest in their unp...

Let graduate students plan Story Week

December 14, 2015

Filed under Letters to the Editor, Opinion

I appreciated Professor Eric May’s response. It was very illuminating in many ways. But it was also disheartening in others. I’m unsure if Professor May feels graduate students lack the skill set to handle sensitive materials or if he just holds an ideal vision of the unemployed graduate student solely engaging with his or her art for 2+ years.If it’s the former, graduate students did that and more in handling this s...

Story Week inspires

December 14, 2015

Filed under Letters to the Editor, Opinion

tory Week has been replaced by a monthly author reading series, and some of my fellow students in the Creative Writing MFA Program think that’s a good thing. I am not one of those students. Story Week is a big part of the reason I’m a student here at all, and more importantly, it’s a big part of the reason I’m a writer so of course I’m not one of those students. Where I’m from, people don’t become writers. I...

What did Mayor Rahm Emanuel know and when did he know it?

December 14, 2015

Filed under Letters to the Editor, Opinion

am a student at Columbia Chicago and I read your [Dec. 7] article, “Mayor announces task force, residents propose ordinance.” [The article] gives a lot of insight on what is currently going on between Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Police Department. As I read the article, I began to think, “How come [police] don’t have cameras on their uniforms?” I did continue to read that six districts within Chicago would rece...

Alum not paid for Story Week

December 14, 2015

Filed under Letters to the Editor, Opinion

s one of the alumni quoted in “R.I.P Story Week,” I need to address an issue raised by the letter to the editor from Courtney Zellars regarding Story Week (Nov. 3).  Ms. Zellars states: “The alumni voices were OK but readers also must read their comments with more than a grain of salty skepticism—both alumni mentioned graduated over 20 years ago in 1993. Both are also biased since they are affiliated with/paid by...

Letter to the Editor: Response to coverage of the cancellation of Story Week

December 14, 2015

Filed under Letters to the Editor, Opinion

Let me start by saying I have no beef with Courtney Zellars; she’s a good writer and an excellent addition to the Fiction MFA program; however, in her letter to the editor (Response to coverage of Story Week) which was a response to The Columbia Chronicle story from the week before (Nov. 13) about there being no Story Week this school year, there were a few of her statements that I feel compelled to respond to.Courtney que...

Story Week is serious loss

December 14, 2015

Filed under Letters to the Editor, Opinion

What disappointing news! The end of Story Week, the institution that represented the best of Columbia and the most successful outreach program ever! My South Loop friends and neighbors attended the stimulating readings and lectures. They thanked me, as a representative of Columbia, for the professional and educational presentations.For many of the 19 years I would bring students from my Oral Expression classes to learn of literature and to obse...

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