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E85 delivery van brings clean air

By Heather Scroering

September 6, 2011

Jam-packed as it is with countless smog-emitting vehicles, Chicago ranks 17 out of more than 200 other cities for 24-hour particle pollution, according to the American Lung Association’s State of the Air report for 2011. However, among all the pollution surrounding Columbia’s campus is a van that helps make the air a little more breathable.As Part of the “Eco Columbia” effort, the college purchased a flex fuel de...

No break for labor negotiations

By Samuel Charles

May 9, 2011

The leadership of Columbia’s part-time faculty union, P-Fac, and the administration have been at odds throughout the academic year in regard to issues ranging from health care to job security to credit hour reductions. And while spring classes are concluding, the negotiations between the two parties will extend throughout summer with hopes of resolving as many differences as possible in a timely manner.Initially, P-Fac as...

P-Fac changes legal strategy

By Samuel Charles

March 7, 2011

The college’s part-time faculty union, P-Fac, has taken steps to consolidate its efforts to gain what it calls more equitable treatment of adjuncts from Columbia.But to do so, it has withdrawn one of its unfair labor practice complaints.On Feb. 15, the union withdrew the ULP it filed in January, which alleged that the college was reducing the number of credit hours assigned to long-serving adjunct faculty members.In tha...

Big East Powerhouse

By Etheria Modacure

January 31, 2011

The NCAA Women’s Final Four will be held in Indianapolis, and one program looks to make the short trip from Chicago to the Conseco Fieldhouse. The DePaul University women’s basketball team has been winning games with an aggressive playing style on both sides of the basketball court and may be one of the select four teams playing for a championship in April.The Blue Demons are off to one their best starts in program histo...

Feds rule college erred in labor case

By Samuel Charles

November 8, 2010

by: Sam Charles and Drew HuntThe national Labor Relations Board has officially declared the college to be in direct violation of federal labor laws.Stemming from a decision made in February to reduce four-credit hour classes to three-credit hours in the Photography Department, the Part-Time Faculty Association decided to take action against the college upon being told it would not be consulted in the matter, despite the impact t...

Columbia, CPS to collaborate

By Drew Hunt

October 4, 2010

The Center for Community Arts Partnerships received a four-year grant, worth $1.1 million, from the United States Department of Education that will provide funding for a program called Transforming Education through the Arts and Media Initiative, or TEAM.The proposal underwent a highly competitive peer review process facilitated by the Arts in Education Model Development and Dissemination Grant Program. It was one of 33 programs to receive a grant out of 200 appl...

No sex offense cases reported at Columbia in past year

By CiaraShook

May 3, 2010

For Sexual Assault Awareness Month, the National Sexual Violence Resource Center’s initiative for 2010 is focused on offering prevention and social change on college campuses.According to the National Sexual Violence Resources Center, one in five college women is a  victim of sexual assault before graduation. Bob Koverman, associate vice president of safety and security, reported as of press time, Columbia has not had any repor...

Lerman strikes back

By BenitaZepeda

April 26, 2010

Zafra Lerman, former Columbia professor and head of the Science Institute, has filed a federal lawsuit against the college and four administrators, claiming the college violated her civil rights and deprived her of employment as a tenured faculty member of more than 30 years of service.Lerman is seeking punitive and monetary damages in the amount of no less than $5 million.In addition to Columbia, the eight-count complaint, fil...

On top of it all

By BenitaZepeda

November 30, 2009

Salaries for Columbia’s top 10 highest paid administrators increased slightly during the 2007 - 2008 academic year. The increase occurred just one year before Columbia faced its first-ever decreased enrollment numbers and a funding level that fell short of the projected budget amidst a daunting economic climate.In an annual survey conducted by The Chronicle of Higher Education, Columbia’s President Warrick L. Carter has fal...

Negotiations pending for college, union

By LauraNalin

September 28, 2009

The United Staff of Columbia College is hoping to settle the ongoing negotiations with the college’s administration over contract issues.  Since Nov. 1, 2006 the union has been attempting to finalize its first contract dealing with wages, hours and working conditions with the administration.As previously reported by The Chronicle,  the US of CC announced on Sept. 15 that they would be holding a leafleting campaign on Sept. 16 ...

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