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Commencement is not about selfie opportunities

By Editor-in-Chief

October 20, 2014

For weeks, I have listened to rumors swirl around campus that Commencement 2015 will not be held at the Chicago Theatre, the venue that has housed graduation for the last three years. As evidenced by the Front Page story about graduation, the rumors are true, and commencement will be held at the Auditorium Theatre at Roosevelt University this year and for the foreseeable future. Despite the administration making it clear to ...

Let’s talk about communication

By Editor-in-Chief

October 13, 2014

At the bottom of this page, readers will see that The Chronicle has issued a correction for its Oct. 6 article “College reports leaders’ pay.”The Chronicle erroneously stated that Annice Kelly, former vice president of Legal Affairs and General Counsel, and Steven Kapelke, former provost and senior vice president, had filed wrongful terminations suits against the college and had recently reached a settlement. Regrett...

Head over heels: Thou shall have standards for boots, not boys

By Managing Editor

October 13, 2014

A modern philosopher by the name of Ke$ha once said, “Boots and boys, they bring me so much joy.” Honestly, I couldn’t have said it any better, especially because it’s fall and not only are boots a must-have, but boys also make the perfect fall accessory if you’re cold or craving attention—I refuse to say “lonely.”Boys are like boots. They either meet your expectations or you find something better. Just like there are many...

Stan Wearden, senior vice president and provost, addressed the college at Stage 2, 618 S. Michigan Ave., for the first time since he took the position. The assembly focused on the Strategic Planning Process and included an audience Q-and-A session.

Provost Stan Wearden discusses strategic plan

October 6, 2014

To commemorate his first 100 days as senior vice president and provost, Stan Wearden delivered an address to the college on Oct. 2 in the 618 S. Michigan Ave. Building. Similar to the Q-and-A President...

Pulling at the seams: Uptown’s decades-long heritage of diversity beginning to crumble

By Copy Chief

September 22, 2014

“Hey, man, can I have a smoke?”Startled from his private thoughts, Tobias Elder tried to keep walking past the man who asked him for a cigarette. The man looked like he could be a gang member, Elder says, and Elder was not in the mood to barter over cigarettes, so he tossed him the whole pack and tried to move on.To his surprise, the man followed him and looped an arm across his shoulders, asking what was wrong. When ...

Convocation 2014

Budget concerns influence personnel

September 2, 2014

In an effort to reduce a potential budget shortfall, seven full-time and three part-time staff members from several departments were terminated Aug. 21–25, according to an emailed statement from Steve Kauffman, senior director of public relations. The terminations are the latest ...

College experiences departures, Koverman announces plans to retire

By Editor-in-Chief

July 22, 2014

As Kwang-Wu Kim heads into his second year as president, some familiar faces will be absent while new ones join the ranks of Columbia’s administration.Two high-ranking administrators, Diane Doyne, associate vice president of marketing and communications, and Warren Chapman, senior vice president, will have departed the college before the fall 2014 semester begins. The departures come after several other top administrative...

Columbia announces new VP of Development

By Managing Editor

July 10, 2014

Columbia’s ability to raise money may soon see a shift as Jon Stern, an experienced collegiate fundraiser, has been named the new vice president of Development.Stern’s appointment comes after the Jan. 15 departure of Patrick Sheahan, former vice president of Institutional Advancement, and the dissolution of the now defunct office of Institutional Advancement, the department responsible for overseeing the college’s f...

Administration must be more direct

May 12, 2014

Ten months is not a lot of time, but President Kwang-Wu Kim has made his mark on Columbia. While some of his actions have increased transparency, others have shaken up the college.Kim mended bridges with P-Fac, the college’s part-time faculty union and has made an admirable attempt to reach out to students, breaking down barriers. However, replacing office doors with glass and sending out frequent memos are symbolic gestures,...

Student complaint system needs revision

April 7, 2014

When a student has a personal disagreement with a professor, the two should ideally sort it out themselves —however, that does not always happen. As reported March 31 by The Chronicle, such was the case when a student complained last semester about Humanities, History & Social Sciences professor Iymen Chehade’s “The Israeli/Palestinian Conflict” class.The student, who considered content of Chehade’s class biased, compla...

‘ Israeli / Palestinian Conflict ’ section reinstated

By Associate Editor

April 7, 2014

The second section of adjunct professor Iymen Chehade’s “The Israeli/Palestinian Conflict” course has been reinstated after an American Association of University Professors report concluded the college violated Chehade’s academic freedom. However, the college disputes the report’s findings and denies the class was reinstated in response to the report. Prompting a petition that led to the March 25 AAUP investiga...

Good Food Festival

March 31, 2014

The Good Food Festival and Conference connected organic and local farmers with both the public and food industry leaders. The event, held at the University of Illinois at Chicago Forum, 725 W. Roosevelt...

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