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Forcing professors to report assault is wrong

By Editorial Board

December 1, 2014

As the issue of sexual assault on college campuses continues to gain national attention, some institutions are mandating that professors report these crimes to their colleges even if students reveal that information to their professors in confidence, according to a Nov. 6 The Chronicle of Higher Education report.Forcing professors to report possible assaults puts them in an uncomfortable position and also violates the trust s...

We need to recognize suicide rights

By Editorial Board

October 27, 2014

A 29-year-old California woman diagnosed with terminal brain cancer made national headlines for her decision to end her life by taking a prescribed lethal medication on Nov. 1.After being given six months to live, Brittany Maynard opted to undergo assisted suicide— “die with dignity”—a controversial practice that only three states in the U.S. permit. Maynard was diagnosed with brain cancer on New Year’s Day, and doct...

Faculty fellows work on convergence academies

Faculty fellows work on convergence academies

October 20, 2014

The Center for Community Arts Partnerships has named 13 faculty fellows to receive $52,000 in grant money to work on community engagement  projects for CCAP’s Convergence Academy program throughout the year. The program is partnering with two Chicago Public Schools to bring digit...

Columbia invites parents to WAC crawl

Columbia invites parents to WAC crawl

September 15, 2014

This year’s Wabash Arts Corridor Crawl, an annual art and performance festival sponsored by the college, will be bigger than ever . The WAC Crawl will take place Sept. 19—the first day of Pare...

Video Poll: Should the city ban plastic bags?

March 31, 2014

Plastic bags could be banned from Chicago's retail stores if city council passes legislation meant to quell the environmental effects of plastic shopping bags. Students got a chance to voice their opin...

Department shuffling shortchanges students

February 24, 2014

The Marketing Communication Department will be disbanded and its three concentrations will merge into other departments in the fall 2014 semester, according to a Feb. 17 memo from Robin Bargar, dean of the School of Media Arts. Current marketing students will be allowed to complete their degrees.Nevertheless, dissolving the Marketing Communications Department could have serious repercussions for the two that absorb its students....

Unearthing an underground empire: Cut off the head and the body will fall

By Managing Editor

December 9, 2013

"Mourning when they kill three of ours is getting six of theirs.”From the backseat of a car creeping down a bleak alley in North Lawndale, Edward Robinson, a leader of the Conservative Vice Lords, glares through the windshield, his eyes fixated on the dead end where three of his fellow Vice Lords were shot and killed by a rival gang just two weeks prior. The car slows to a halt as Robinson, stoic yet vulnerable, climbs out...

Faculty Senate raises concerns

By Alexandra Kukulka

December 3, 2012

In a Nov. 27 statement sent to college administrators, the Faculty Senate expressed “serious concern” regarding the administration’s decision-making process during this “important period of transition” for Columbia.The letter stressed the importance of two specific concerns: transparency and communication.“To be clear, [the Senate is] not commenting here on the efficacy of specific decisions, but on the lack of...

‘Mastodon’ guitarist goes ‘West’

By Alex Stedman

December 3, 2012

Brent Hinds is best known for shredding guitar in the heavy metal band Mastodon, but his side project, West End Motel, presents a whole new sound. The Atlanta-based band, which has been described as country/punk, is the product of a 20-year friendship between guitarist Hinds and vocalist Tom Cheshire.The group also includes Mike Shina, piano/guitar; Ben Thrower, acoustic guitar/background vocals; Stiff Penalty, bass guitar ...

Jesse Jackson Jr. re-elected by landslide despite absence

By Emily Ornberg

November 6, 2012

Democratic Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. has been re-elected in Chicago’s 2nd Congressional District, leading the polls by more than 70 percent with approximately 102,300 votes against Republican Brian Woodworth and Independent Marcus Lewis. Jackson, who is the son of civil rights leader and former presidential candidate Jesse Jackson, has easily won each election in the largely Democratic district since 1995. This will be Jack...

College quality not reflected in graduation rate

By Editorial Board

October 28, 2012

This month, Columbia placed 10th on CBSNews.com’s list of private colleges with the worst graduation rates, with a rate of 40.5 percent. This seems alarming until it is put into context.Most private colleges with high graduation rates, like Harvard University with 97.4 percent, have very low acceptance rates—5.9 percent in Harvard’s case. Columbia’s generous admissions policy and 80 percent acceptance rate could be the main cause...

Sister cities shared traits spark cultural dialogue

By The Columbia Chronicle

October 21, 2012

A recent celebration of Pakistani art underscored how members of Chicago’s cultural associations are trying to forge a relationship between the international community and the city.In 1960, Chicago welcomed Warsaw, Poland as its first sister city, which led to the creation of the Chicago Sister Cities International program. Since then, 27 additional cities have joined the ranks.One of Chicago’s newer sister cities, Lahore,...

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