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Columbia’s story is missing online

By Alexandra Kukulka

October 17, 2011

During the College Council meeting on Oct. 7, Mark Kelly, vice president of Student Affairs, expressed his concerns about the college’s website, stating that it neglects to accurately portray the college’s story for creative individuals.Kelly feels that current students should be the ones who tell their stories to incoming freshmen to better present Columbia’s message because the institution is getting better at wha...

Cafe University makes changes

By Alexandra Kukulka

October 10, 2011

Cafe University is back in business in three locations on campus this year for students to grab a bite to eat between classes: the Alexandroff Campus Center, 600 S. Michigan Ave.; the Conaway Center, 1104 S. Wabash Ave; and the Wabash Campus Building, 623 S. Wabash Ave.This year, much has changed at the cafes including prices, menu items, the student worker policy and construction.“I think we’re good,” said Phillip ...

Enrollment down for a third year

By Alexandra Kukulka

October 10, 2011

Since 2008, Columbia’s enrollment has been dropping, and this year is no exception. Enrollment has decreased for the third consecutive year sliding to a total of 11,625 undergraduate and graduate students.While student numbers are declining, faculty numbers are increasing, but it is not evident why that is, according to Mark Kelly, vice president of Student Affairs. However, minorities and transfer students have been en...

Slow and Unsteady

By Alexandra Kukulka

October 3, 2011

When Columbia’s Internet system went down on Sept. 12 because of a firewall crash, the effects were felt collegewide. Oasis, the school’s main line of communication, as well as Colum.edu, loop email and Moodle went down, preventing students from accessing data stored on the system, registering for classes and causing a temporary standstill in online interactions between faculty and students.According to information on Columbia...

All my native american relations

By Alexandra Kukulka

September 26, 2011

Habitat for Humanity did more than bring together two young Columbia artists to give back to the community; it also helped them explore their artistic ability. After taking a trip with the to Cheyenne River Indian Reservation in Eagle Butte, S.D., photographer Melinda Myers, a Columbia alumna, and writer Francesca Thompson, senior fiction writing major, combined their talents to start an art exhibit.The exhibit is called “Al...

Security Reports Raise Awareness

By Alexandra Kukulka

September 26, 2011

Columbia is committed to enhancing safety around campus for the benefit of students, faculty and staff. As an urban campus, security is of the utmost importance, according to Columbia’s website.Between January and June 2011, 705 reported incidents have caused the security department to take action. The three buildings with the most reports were the Alexandroff Campus Center, 600 S. Michigan Ave., with 85 reports; the 33 E...

Zombies make list, but not the cut

By Alexandra Kukulka

September 19, 2011

Columbia’s Zombies in Popular Media class ranked eighth on CNN’s Mental_Floss magazine’s “22 Fascinating and Bizarre College Classes” list, beating The Joy of Garbage taught at Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, CA.This J-Term course explores the history and depiction of zombies in popular media over the last century, according to Brendan Riley, creator and professor of Zombies in Popular Media. However, this cou...

New school of Media Arts dean

By Alexandra Kukulka

September 13, 2011

The School of Media Arts named Robin Bargar its new dean and Doreen Bartoni’s successor. Bargar was chosen because of his experience in entertainment and technology, according to Louise Love, vice president of Student Affairs.Bargar has experience as a composer, classical pianist and filmmaker. He created an animated film that was nominated for an Oscar, called “The End.” It is Bargar’s first year at Columbia, but h...

Go-green effort sustained

By Alexandra Kukulka

September 12, 2011

In its desire to go green, Columbia has a new sustainability plan that will help the institution create change in a new, comprehensive way, according to the college’s website.There are many parts to the plan, including emphasis on waste reduction, recycling and transportation. The plan features teams made up of faculty members who are experts in each particular field.Columbia’s cleaning staff was also made “green,” ...

Someone You Should Know: Wonjung Bae

By Alexandra Kukulka

September 6, 2011

This year’s Student Academy Award for a documentary was given to a film called “Vera Klement: Blunt Edge,” which is about an 80-year-old Jewish painter’s imaginative process as she paints. Wonjung Bae, 30, directed the documentary to better understand her own mother, who is also an artist. Born in Busan, South Korea, Bae is a filmmaker who is interested in issues of identity, modernity and art.Bae received her mas...

Daley moves to privatize in final weeks

By The Columbia Chronicle

May 2, 2011

By Alexandra Kukulka, Contributing WriterWith two weeks left in office, Mayor Richard M. Daley is pushing for one last initiative before he steps down on May 16, the same day Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel and the new City Council are sworn in. Daley wants to privatize Chicago’s recycling program to save the city money.The recycling privatization could provide a 20 to 25 percent savings to taxpayers by hiring private companies to do t...

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