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College environment may impact many student voter attitudes

By Mark Minton

September 24, 2012

With the 2012 election approaching, many young voters will get their first chance to participate in choosing the next U.S. president.President Barack Obama currently has an 8-point lead over Republican candidate Mitt Romney in a poll conducted by the Institute of Politics at Harvard University. But a poll taken in April showed Obama ahead of Romney by 17 points, so the election could still be up for grabs. Young voters ag...

US of CC votes on raises, contract extension, negotiations

By Alexandra Kukulka

September 24, 2012

The United Staff of Columbia College voted Sept. 18 on a Memorandum of Understanding to accept a temporary agreement with the administration.The directive stated that the US of CC will receive a 3 percent salary increase, retroactive to Sept. 1, and a contract extension of one year until Sept. 1, 2013. The union accepted the offers with a majority vote, according to Michael Bright, US of CC president and a staff member in the ...

Campus building gets a ghostly facade

By Ivana Hester

September 17, 2012

Renovations to the 618 S. Michigan Ave. Building are coming to an end, and the innovative facade is almost complete.The new design features a ghostly image replicating the original terra-cotta front designed by William Carbys Zimmerman in 1913. Close inspection reveals the design is composed entirely of miniature birds etched into glass panels.According to Alicia Berg, vice president of Campus Environment, it was 2004 alumnus...

Chicago teachers take to streets

By James Foster

September 13, 2012

Members of the Chicago Teachers Union went on strike Sept. 10 for the first time in 25 years. The week leading up to Sept. 9's negotiation deadline brought rallies around the city in support of the union's demands. This week, teachers and their allies have been picketing in front of schools and participating in marches through downtown streets.[kml_flashembed publishmethod="dynamic" fversion="10.1.8276" useexpressinstall="t...

Governments escalate cyber warfare capabilities

By Tyler Davis

September 10, 2012

Stuxnet, a malicious computer program now believed to be a collaboration between the U.S. and Israeli governments, accidentally leaked into systems outside its original target, an Iranian nuclear facility, in March 2010. Along with another malware program believed to be part of the same joint government operation, Stuxnet disabled approximately 1,000 Iranian nuclear centrifuges. An analysis released by the security firm Kaspersky La...

Historic building to house Columbia’s futuristic library

By Alexandra Kukulka

September 10, 2012

As students settle into their new dorms and academic departments, Columbia’s library is entering the planning phase of a new project.The college purchased the Johnson Publishing Co. building, 820 S. Michigan Ave., for $4.75 million in November 2010, creating space for a new “technological” library. This addition, expected to open in fall 2015, will geographically connect the campus and serve as a meeting ground for s...

Discussing baseball with Bowman

By Lindsey Woods

April 16, 2012

If there is one sports team at Columbia that students know, it’s the baseball team. Mark Kelly, vice president of Student Affairs, has been known to bring up the Renegades baseball team during freshman tours and orientation speeches, never forgetting to mention the championship they won in 2004.Despite its relative anonymity, the team still plays and has just started its spring season. Although The Renegades lost their o...

Final thoughts, Michael Beschloss

By Alexandra Kukulka

March 12, 2012

With the G8 summit moving to Camp David, the Illinois primary on March 20 and the Republicans campaigning for electoral votes, politics are in the spotlight. Columbia is staying on the trend with its last event in the 2011–2012 Conversation in the Arts series hosted by the school of Liberal Arts and Sciences.Presidential historian, author and political commentator Michael Beschloss discussed presidential courage March 8 at the...

Living the American dream

By Amanda Murphy

February 27, 2012

It’s hard for most to say that they have known what they wanted to be since they were 5 years old, but Kelsey Montanez knew even then she wanted to be a musician. With the help of family and friends, she was able to build a fan base and perform shows consistently through high school. Now at the age of 21, she has already performed with her group, The Kelsey Montanez Band, at some of Chicago’s major music venues such as th...

Gloria Steinem visits Columbia

By Heather Scroering

February 13, 2012

Gloria Steinem, the legendary feminist icon from the Women’s Liberation Movement, has been making history since the 1960s, whether campaigning for the Equal Rights Amendment or advocating for animal rights. As she appeared on the stage of Columbia’s Film Row Cinema in the Conaway Center, 1104 S. Wabash Ave., the seats of chairs began flipping upward one after another as both women and men in the audience rose to greet the...

Coffee for your thoughts: New study suggests caffeine can help learning, memory

By Lindsey Woods

December 5, 2011

Holiday break is right around the corner, but instead of sugar plums dancing in the heads of students, thoughts of finals, essays and projects are accumulating. Coffee can keep you awake for long hours of studying, but a new study suggests it can do more than that.An online article published on Nov. 20, on the Nature Neuroscience website, outlines research that indicates caffeine can help cognitive functions, such as learnin...

‘Freq Out,’ ‘Felony Franks’ honored

By Lisa Schulz

November 21, 2011

The producers of the Chicago and Midwest Emmy Awards, the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, presented the Student Achievement Award to students in the Television and Journalism departments on Nov. 6. Five alumni also won an award for Outstanding Achievement.“Freq Out,” an hour-long live comedy sketch made for the Television Department’s channel, Frequency TV, won first place in the “Long Format: Fict...

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