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The Part-Time Faculty Union led by Diana Vallera, an adjunct professor in the Photography Department and P-Fac president, won its case March 24.

P-Fac wins years-long case against college

April 11, 2016

The National Labor Relations Board has ruled in favor of the college’s Part-Time Faculty Union in a dispute over whether the college was within its rights to cut the number of credit hours taught by...

“The Artists Monument” is made of two enamel-filled etched acrylics on plywood mounted on two steel shipping containers with almost 400,000 names of artists known and unknown.

Artists leave mark in Grant Park

February 1, 2016

Chicago is already home to hundreds of artists, but nearly 400,000 more may soon join the city—at least in name.Tony Tasset, an artist and professor in the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Art Dep...

Brianne Bolin, an adjunct professor in the English Department, founded PrecariCorps, an organization that provides financial support to other adjunct professors across the country. Bolin was featured in the December issue of Elle magazine, in which she detailed her life as a financially struggling professor. 

Columbia prof starts support group for financially strapped adjuncts

April 6, 2015

As an adjunct professor in the English Department, Brianne Bolin makes $4,700 for every course she teaches per semester. The payment barely pays her monthly bills, leaving little money to grow her savin...

Communication and Media Innovation

Department merger spawns search for new chair

January 26, 2015

Nearly a year after the college’s announcement of the merger of the Advertising and Public Relations programs and the Journalism Department, an interdisciplinary committee has selected a name for the new ...

Diana Vallera, president of the Part-Time Faculty Union and an adjunct professor in the Photography Department, said she worked with the college to accommodate adjunct faculty members that missed the deadline for submitting teaching availability forms for the Spring 2015 semester.

College addresses adjunct faculty teaching availability form issue

October 27, 2014

For the past few weeks, it looked as though some adjunct faculty members were in danger of not receiving teaching assignments for the Spring 2015 semester because they had not submitted teaching availability forms on time. However, the college has resolved the issue and accommodate...

Columbia style-maven sweeps Chicago Fashion Week

Columbia style-maven sweeps Chicago Fashion Week

October 20, 2014

Nena Ivon, a veteran adjunct faculty member in the Fashion Studies Department knows what it takes to survive in the fashion industry. Ivon served on the college’s Fashion Advisory Board when Columbia first started designing the fashion studies program and has also worked as t...

Notable Native: Krista Reynen

Krista Reynen

By Metro Editor

February 24, 2014

At 10 years old, Krista Reynen lived in Belgium and came across an article about former President John F. Kennedy. His policies inspired her, and from that moment on she knew she wanted to immigrate to th...

Police overtime spending exceeds 2013 budget: Some officers O.T. earnings outpace salaries

By Metro Editor

February 17, 2014

Some Chicago Police Department officers’ 2013 overtime earnings exceeded their average yearly salaries, rekindling debates about the department’s overtime spending.According to 2013 city data, two officers each earned more than $90,000 in overtime, and 215 officers each earned more than $50,000. Total overtime spending was $103.5 million, exceeding the $93 million allotted in the 2013 budget.In an effort to reduce cri...

Maryland Hands Northwestern Rare November Loss

By Nader Ihmoud

November 27, 2012

The Northwestern University Wildcats' first loss of the season came at the hands of the University of Maryland Terrapins 77-57 at Welsh-Ryan Arena.After winning four straight ACC/Big Ten Challenge games, the team's failure to secure rebounds and execute on scoring opportunities ultimately doomed the Wildcats."[It was] a horrible effort on the boards by the whole squad," said Wildcats' sophomore guard Dave Sobolewski.The T...

College quality not reflected in graduation rate

By Editorial Board

October 29, 2012

This month, Columbia placed 10th on CBSNews.com’s list of private colleges with the worst graduation rates, with a rate of 40.5 percent. This seems alarming until it is put into context.Most private colleges with high graduation rates, like Harvard University with 97.4 percent, have very low acceptance rates—5.9 percent in Harvard’s case. Columbia’s generous admissions policy and 80 percent acceptance rate could be the main cause...

Boxing welcomes first openly gay fighter

By Lindsey Woods

October 15, 2012

I am not a huge fan of boxing. If I wanted to see a couple of muscled dudes punch each other, I’d just go to a bar in Wrigleyville and order some bros too many Jager bombs. But my dislike of the sport was recently challenged when No. 4-ranked featherweight boxer Orlando Cruz declared on Oct. 3 that he is “a proud gay man.”This proclamation makes Cruz the first openly gay boxer, a feat he and the sport should be incredibly...

Professor Pepper spices up the campus

By Ivana Hester

September 4, 2012

After several years spent in the laboratory, adjunct faculty member Koch Unni’s creation has come alive. And it’s hot.The KOCHTERRII™, named after Unni and his partner, Terri Reardon, a floriculturist-propagator at the Chicago Park District, is now ready for consumption. According to the Garfield Park Conservatory, which owns the trademarked product, the pepper is hotter than a jalapeño but tamer than cayenne. Howe...

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