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Anne Libera, director of Columbia and Second City’s comedy studies program hosted the “Comedy: But Seriously...”  Oct. 19 talk that featured comedian Bob Saget. 

Professor, stars share ‘ideas’ on comedy’s power

October 24, 2016

Although most comedians like to pretend comedy and jokes happen magically, they are far more calculated than what people see on the stage, said Anne Libera, assistant professor in the Theatre Department ...

Columbia’s tie-in with The Second City gives students the opportunity to take one semester at The Second City’s Training Center located at 1608 N. Wells St. 

Comedy program gets standing ovation from College Magazine in recent ranking

September 6, 2016

College Magazine rated Columbia the No. 1 college for aspiring comedians in the country in an Aug. 19 article, citing the college’s comedy department, wide range of classes and connections to The Seco...

Cynthia Grunden, assistant vice president of Student Financial Services, said she encourages students to reach out to their state-level elected officials to solve the Monetary Award Program grant funding issues.

SFS reaches out to address student concerns

April 25, 2016

While students wait for Illinois government to fund delayed Monetary Award Program grants, Columbia’s office of Student Financial Services is readying new financial advising services to help student...

Old theater paper gets digital reboot

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By Arts & Culture Reporter

April 11, 2016

Before it ceased publishing in 2011, the Chicago theater community newspaper PerformInk was known as a resource for anyone in the local entertainment industry or looking to break into it.Now it’s bac...

Spring enrollment 2016

Enrollment low, despite retention spike

February 21, 2016

Columbia’s total enrollment has dropped to 8,100 students, a 9.6 percent decrease of 861 students from the Fall 2015 Semester and a 5.1 percent decline of 433 students from the previous spring. This i...

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Improv Nerd to host Columbia professors

September 21, 2015

The Feral Audio podcast “Improv Nerd,” founded by 1987 alumnus Jimmy Carrane, begins its fourth season on Oct. 11, featuring Columbia professors as guests on the comedy show. Carrane said he started ...

Smartphone tracking app Class120 detracts from college experience

By Opinions Editor

September 21, 2015

Helicopter parents no longer have to cease their over-involvement when dropping their children off at college—the smartphone application Class120 now allows parents to track whether their college kids are attending class.Apps like Family Tracker, Find My Kids and Sygic Family Locator have allowed parents to track their children’s whereabouts for years. However, Class120 is specifically designed to allow parents to monitor...

Nearly a month after closing due to a fire, The Second City reopened for its regular scheduled performances at the Mainstage, 1616 N Wells St., on Sept. 17.

Second City returns with big laughs, high hopes

September 21, 2015

The doors to The Second City’s Mainstage Theater, 1616 N Wells St., reopened on Sept. 17, three weeks after the building suffered damage from an Aug. 26 grease fire that started at its neighboring empo...

Unnamed Road

Jungjin Lee’s ‘Unnamed Road’ takes viewers to Israel

March 16, 2015

“Unnamed Road,” Korean photographer Jungjin Lee’s photo series focusing on the contested lands of Israel and the West Bank, “Unnamed Road,” is now on display at the Andrew Bae Gallery, 300 W. Su...

Columbia celebrates Sheldon Patinkin

Sheldon Patinkin was a Columbia professor and a former chair in the college’s Theatre Department for 29 years.

By Campus Reporter

January 26, 2015

The Columbia community will celebrate the life of the late Sheldon Patinkin, a Chicago theater icon and former chair of the Theatre Department, on Jan. 26 at the North Shore Center for the Performing ...

Back to basics

By Features Editor

September 29, 2014

When CBS tweeted, “Stephen Colbert to be next host of ‘The Late Show’” in April, it was a bittersweet moment for fans. The wry comedic powerhouse will shift to CBS from his long-time home on Comedy Central in 2015, but something will be lost in the process: Stephen Colbert, the character. The bombastic, conservative pundit who started as a correspondent on “The Daily Show” in 1997 and hosted the Emmy Award-wi...

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