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Columbia students, faculty worth the fight

By Opinions Editor

April 13, 2015

I transferred to Columbia with one goal: graduate. After attending a claustrophobic conservatory program in Seattle and a community college in Southern California where I was going nowhere fast, I just needed to finish getting a degree and Columbia was my last resort—in hindsight, not the mentality one should have going into college.Though I arrived with the credits of a sophomore and scored high on the COMPASS test, I was instructed ...

Strategic Plan: room for improvement

By Editorial Board

April 6, 2015

Columbia’s administration released its first draft of the college’s Strategic Plan on March 23—the first day of Spring Break. The 40-page document outlines the college’s five-year plan of action for “Achieving Our Greatness” and specifies six goals. Under each goal are six more goals described in detail along with the efforts that should be taken to implement them. The document is 40 pages of bureaucratic rhetoric...

Adding students adds no benefits

By Editorial Board

March 30, 2015

In the Front Page article about class sizes, Senior Vice President and Provost Stan Wearden states that increasing average class sizes by one student could save the college $1 million. In the grand scheme of things, $1 million is not a lot of money, and although fundraising and cutting administrative positions is the answer to most of the problems the administration has made for itself, the convenient tagline of “one stu...

Student workers not expendable

By Editorial Board

March 16, 2015

By 2019, Chicago’s minimum wage will increase to $13 thanks to the efforts of Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the City Council to raise the standard of living for Chicago residents. With the new ordinance, the minimum wage will reach $10 in July and increase each year for the next four years. It will be years before it can be determined whether this wage hike succeeds in lifting thousands above the poverty line, but it seems like pr...

SCOTUS fight for marriage equality must be fair

By Editor-in-Chief

January 26, 2015

The Jan. 16 announcement that the Supreme Court will hear arguments about whether the 14th Amendment requires states to recognize same sex marriage is long overdue.The Supreme Court has shirked delivering a ruling since gay marriage first made its way to the court in 1972 when it dismissed Baker v. Nelson. Since then, it has avoided the issue, often relying on lower courts to dole out interpretations, resulting in a state patch...

News of student deaths a necessity

By Editorial Board

January 26, 2015

Quinn Kyles, a sophomore radio major, died in a tragic car accident in Indiana on Dec. 22, 2014, according to a Dec. 24 Chicago Tribune article. The college did not announce Kyles’ death until the afternoon of Jan. 8, and the announcement only notified the Radio Department of the student’s death, not the Columbia community at large. The announcement was short and simple, with little said of Kyles. Regardless of whether ...

Educating fear and ignorance

By Editorial Board

January 26, 2015

Radical Islamist terrorists have rocked the world with relentless acts of violence in recent weeks. The Jan. 7–9 Charlie Hebdo and kosher market shootings carried out in Paris by radical Islamists linked to a Yemen al-Qaida group were plastered across media outlets for days. In the outer rims of the news cycle, the militant Islamist terrorist group Boko Haram razed the Nigerian villages of Baga and Doron Baga Jan. 3 and...

Therapy dogs to make finals less ‘ruff’

Therapy dogs to make finals less ‘ruff’

December 1, 2014

Puppies will be running, licking and rolling around in Columbia’s library during finals week to de-stress students  and alleviate academic anxiety.The college is collaborating with Canine Therapy Co...

Fighting for Ferguson

Fighting for Ferguson

December 1, 2014

Chants and shouting echoed through the streets of Chicago Nov. 24 after the grand jury findings in the Michael Brown case were read in Ferguson, Missouri. The failure to indict led to protesters march...

New website to change the future of enrollment

New website to change the future of enrollment

By Assistant Campus Editor

November 17, 2014

Analytic reports of Columbia’s new website show an increase in the length of sessions by visitors, the number of pages viewed and inquiries from prospective students since its Sept. 10 launch.The prelim...

YouTube provides platform for mental illness peer support

YouTube provides platform for mental illness peer support

October 27, 2014

Many people with severe mental illnesses, specifically schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder and bipolar disorder, are turning to YouTube to share their experiences with the illness or seek peer support, ...

Kim addresses student success

Kim addresses student success

October 20, 2014

More than 100 members of the college community filled Hokin Hall in the Wabash Campus Building, 623 S. Wabash Ave., Oct. 16 to munch on pizza and talk with President Kwang-Wu Kim with one broad topic in ...

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