The Columbia Chronicle

New advising system clear, effective

By Lauren Kelly

September 12, 2009

In response to student concerns and dissatisfaction about the advising process at Columbia, the Advising Center is constructing a new model to better serve student needs. Implementing a new model is a critical move for the college because it will help all students get the most out of their education, regardless of their majors.The college has been working to design a new system for the past few years and it will go into effec...

Community input vital to CTA project

By Lauren Kelly

September 12, 2009

To better accommodate under served areas of the city, relieve traffic congestion and create jobs, the Chicago Transit Authority voted on Aug. 12  to approve a $2 billion project that would extend the Red, Orange and Yellow Lines. The CTA hopes to get federal funding for as much as 80 percent of the project.The proposal is a smart move for the CTA. As long as the cost of the project does not fall on riders, extending rail lin...

Burnham’s plan for Chicago lives on today

By Lauren Kelly

September 12, 2009

This year marks the centennial anniversary of one of the most influential publications in Chicago history—Plan of Chicago, a city planning proposal by Daniel Burnham, co-authored by Edward H. Bennett.In celebration of the anniversary, the Chicago Public Library chose Carl Smith’s biography of Burnham and his famous plan as the new “One Book, One Chicago” selection and is hosting events and panel discussions surrou...

MAP cuts hurt students’ futures

By Lauren Kelly

September 7, 2009

Illinois lawmakers approved state budget cuts amounting to $2.1 billion to erase a large deficit in funding on July 15, including substantial reductions for college grants, specifically the Monetary Award Program grant.  The budget cut was passed to avoid an additional increase on income taxes-an increase that could have prevented MAP grant funding cuts.Including MAP grant funds in the recent budget decrease was shortsight...

Time to see the light, reconnect to the sky

By Lauren Kelly

September 7, 2009

In the very early morning of Aug. 12, after drinking two cups of coffee to keep from falling asleep, I opened my third-story apartment window as far as I could and sat on the sill to stargaze. Other college students stay up until 2 a.m. because that's when bars close. I, on the other hand, am an astrophile and stayed up to see a prolific event that takes place each August, the annual Perseid meteor shower, a three-week long o...

Big potential for new arts district

By Lauren Kelly

September 6, 2009

In a city-supported initiative to develop a Creative Industries District in East Pilsen, four landmarked industrial buildings were recently rezoned for creative uses in an effort to provide work and gallery space for local artists. Currently, Chicago does not have a centralized arts district, and the proposed location at Cermak Road and the Chicago River near Jefferson Street would provide a place for people in many differen...

‘Generation Me’ should know ignorance isn’t bliss

By KatherineGamby

September 6, 2009

Most of us can remember a time when we were sitting in our history classes thinking, “This can never happen to us.” The Great Depression, the influenza epidemic of 1918, an all out world war – none of which could ever happen to us. However, all of these did, and although there are currently no immediate threats of a world war, two other important and potentially tragic events seem to be looming over us again: the curre...

For what it’s worth, it was worth all the while

By Bertha Serrano

May 10, 2009

As I think back to previous graduation moments, three things stand out from each one of them: what I was wearing under that ugly oversized gown, saying goodbye to my friends and my family’s reputation of being late to each ceremony.While I rocked a big, puffy orange dress with matching socks for kindergarten, I thought I was never going to see my best friends again.I remember my mother was late because she was babysitti...

This column is dedicated to you, Mom and Dad

By Quinn Milton

May 10, 2009

Around this time four years ago, I had no idea where I was going to college.Just weeks until the end of my high school career, a counselor pulled me into her office, as she had noticed my lack of college applications. I fully intended to go to college, and I don’t know what held me back from seriously looking for one to attend.My counselor suggested Columbia, as, thankfully, their deadline hadn’t yet passed—I still had a good t...

A few tidbits of wisdom for future graduates

By Timothy Bearden

May 10, 2009

So, I’m graduating.It’s been a seven-year-long journey in figuring out what I want to do with the rest of my life. I promised myself this wouldn’t be a sentimental remembrance piece, so let’s do this Baz Luhrmann “Class of ’99” style.  A 10-year anniversary homage piece, if you will.Instead of directing this to the class of 2009, I would like to speak to all the underclassmen.As Luhrmann would say, “Wear sun...

Space issues on campus shouldn’t be ignored

By Editorial Board

May 10, 2009

The issue of having an adequate amount of campus space has been a seemingly never-ending struggle at Columbia. With various campus buildings spread throughout the city’s South Loop, it seems as though when we’re not complaining about the lack of space, we’re spending money to build more.As one of the largest landowners in the South Loop, it’s astounding that Columbia is still packed in so tightly. True, we are an u...

Giving green light to buildings, jobs

By mlekovic

May 10, 2009

AFTER classes are over and summer is in full effect, the Mayor’s Office of Special Events will host its annual six-week Outdoor Film Festival in Grant Park.Throughout July and August, the Mayor’s Office of Special Events will be playing seven movies: Sunset Boulevard, Duck Soup, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Born Yesterday, Psycho, Young Mr. Lincoln and Tootsie. The screenings are free and open to the public.“The movies are ...

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