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Chicago presents myriad ‘Nutcrackers’

By Alex Stedman

November 26, 2012

In 1816, German author E.T.A. Hoffmann wrote “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King,” a mystical tale about a young girl and her toy nutcracker’s endeavor to defeat a malevolent seven-headed rodent ruler.It would later inspire the libretto for Tchaikovsky’s cherished “The Nutcracker” suite, first performed in 1892 and now a Christmas staple. Chicago’s array of ballet and music venues have produced multiple renditio...

Neo-’60s heartbreak artist

By Emily Ornberg

November 19, 2012

Kirby Kaiser’s vintage style of music transports listeners to a time of sugary pop melodies seasoned with retro, doo-wop harmonies. Her music may even be mistaken for that of ’60s girl groups like The Supremes and The Shangri-Las. Kaiser, however, is a 19-year-old Boystown resident.Inspired by heartbreak, Kaiser started writing music in high school after Fiona Apple’s songs helped her through boy troubles. She issued her...

Ward named finalist for national scholar-athlete

By Nader Ihmoud

October 23, 2012

Northwestern Wildcats’ senior offensive lineman Patrick Ward has been chosen as a finalist National Football Foundation National Scholar-Athlete Award.Ward, who has a 3.94 grade point average, is one of 15 student-athletes to be given honor. He spoke to media following practice Oct. 24 about his academic career, and life after football.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oTmG2v_XJvs&feature=share&list=UUqerVuylo788XoxT...

Alumnus releases app, Columbia to implement new mobile media major

By Lisa Schulz

April 29, 2012

Recall the evolution of technology during the past year. Now imagine the technological innovations of the last two decades. Now consider the software learned and used in college being completely phased out 17 years after graduation.Mark Dascoli, a 1999 Columbia graduate, did technical work during his time at the college by maintaining The Chronicle’s website in 1996. He then took a position as a quality assurance engineer at Ap...

Faculty Senate flexes muscle

By Lisa Schulz

April 8, 2012

Just seven weeks before President Warrick L. Carter will make his prioritization decisions, along with the Board of Trustees, the Faculty Senate discussed accelerating the search for a new president and an appropriate response to Carter’s public rebuke of a student, which was described as “wrong” by the Senate president.Newly established channels of direct communication between the Senate and the Board Chair Allen Turner...

Faculty strives for, hides transparency

By Lisa Schulz

March 18, 2012

The Faculty Senate boasted of its transparent discussions with Columbia's administration in its March 16 meeting, than a short time later declared a closed-door session to discuss the provost search.Prior to closing the meeting, the Senate’s discussion touched on newly presented financial models, reallocation of funds and search dates for a chief financial officer and provost. It also approved three new proposed majors in t...

Story Week ‘dream’ survives, festival arrives

By Lisa Schulz

March 18, 2012

After traveling homeless with only his dog, Randy Albers, Story Week founder and Fiction Writing chair, was halfway to his doctorate degree at the University of Chicago 34 years ago when he realized his past academic success, fortunate upbringing and future were not in alignment.With help from others and some luck, he found Columbia, he said.“Surviving the American Dream” is the theme for the 16th annual Story Week, a festiv...

Fiction Writing chair’s contract not renewed

By Contributing Writer

March 5, 2012

by Monica ReidaContributing WriterIn a sudden development that has yet to be explained by Columbia administrators, as of Feb. 24, Randall Albers is no longer the chair of the Fiction Writing Department.According to Patricia McNair, acting chair of the Fiction Writing Department, the office of Eliza Nichols, dean of the School of Fine and Performing Arts, sent a letter Feb. 24 to the faculty and staff of the department with ...

Faculty fear cuts; tiers to come

By Lisa Schulz

February 27, 2012

Columbia President Warrick L. Carter has requested the Faculty Senate weigh in on the prioritization process and upcoming searches for the president, provost and vice president of Institutional Advancement positions.Other discussion at the Feb. 24 Senate meeting held in the Alexandroff Campus Center, 600 S. Michigan Ave., revolved around possible budget cuts, the transparency of prioritization to students and raises for facul...

No results yet from three-day NLRB trial

By Lisa Schulz

February 20, 2012

After two years of contract negotiation between Columbia and its part-time faculty union, a trial to resolve alleged unfair practices has again resulted in a waiting game.The three-day public trial was held Feb. 6–9 by the National Labor Relations Board at 209 S. LaSalle St. from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Robert Ringler, an administrative law judge, said a verdict is expected later.Annice Kelly, vice president of Legal Affairs and Ge...

Students, faculty, alumni perform Columbia’s first charitable cabaret

By Lisa Schulz

February 13, 2012

Under a dimmed chandelier, surrounded by a piano and chairs, hopeful students, faculty and alumni stepped onto a small stage to belt out adventurous songs in an effort to attract scholarship funds.“An Evening of Cabaret: Journeys and New Beginnings” was the first fundraiser for the Betty Garrett Musical Theatre Scholarship held Feb. 4 in Studio 404 of the Theatre Building, 72 E. 11th St. The scholarship, established i...

Admin presence on campus could help prioritization

By Gabrielle Rosas

January 30, 2012

Mark Kelly, vice president of Student Affairs, is everywhere. If you’ve ever been to a Columbia event, you’ve more than likely seen him talking to students and patrons. Yes, it is part of his job description. But except for the occasional Town Hall meetings at the Conaway Center, 1104 S. Wabash Ave., other administrators have little face-to-face contact with students. During the ongoing prioritization process, these admi...

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