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SGA needs more senators

By Editorial Board

November 26, 2012

The Student Government Association’s primary responsibility is to act as a liaison between the student body and the administration, a duty that has become increasingly important during the prioritization process. Ideally, the SGA would represent voices from all departments.But 12 of the 30 Student Senate seats in the SGA are vacant, SGA President and senior journalism major Cassandra Norris told The Chronicle, meaning t...

Editor’s note: Facebook statuses aren’t news

By Heather Scroering

November 12, 2012

We can all rest easier now that election campaigning is over for at least another two years. Some of us are probably exhausted from having unsolicited political opinions squawked at us from all angles on social media. But during this election, I noticed a trend: People saying they were turning away from political issues altogether simply because they felt they had reached their saturation point with ill-informed Facebook poli...

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...

In absence of blue light phones, students need alternative

By Editorial Board

October 7, 2012

Many urban campuses, including DePaul University and the University of Illinois at Chicago, have a “blue light system,” a series of emergency phone boxes that connect directly to campus security. UIC has more than 1,000 call boxes on its campus. While this may sound like a great security system for Columbia, our college’s downtown location makes its situation unique. It is easier for traditional campuses to implement t...

Bubble campaign bursts onto campus

By Ivana Hester

September 16, 2012

Columbia students might have noticed a colorful addition to the campus’s hallways, stairwells and street level windows, courtesy of a new effort to help them connect to each other and potential employers and internships.The Portfolio Center has launched a campaign to pique student curiosity in Talent Pool, a website that helps students and alumni collaborate and share their portfolios. Nearly every campus building now has...

Recycling Program a victim of prioritization

By Tyler Davis

September 3, 2012

The formerly student-run Recycling Program will be seeing some staffing changes this year. Students will no longer be sorting recyclable materials, a task that will now be performed by the school’s custodial staff. The program was created by students and will still have student involvement, but it remains uncertain whether they will continue to have a say in how recycling is carried outon campus.Students started the recy...

Campus untouched by NATO protests

By Sophia Coleman

May 21, 2012

Columbia’s campus came through unscathed, despite being caught in the middle of the NATO protests that unfolded between May 18 and May 21 and witnessed a clash between a few thousand demonstrators and police officers.No damage was done to the school’s property, according to Bob Koverman, vice president of Campus Safety and Security. He said the campus had prepared for the event by closing two weeks early and had a sol...

Admin presence on campus could help prioritization

By Gabrielle Rosas

January 30, 2012

Mark Kelly, vice president of Student Affairs, is everywhere. If you’ve ever been to a Columbia event, you’ve more than likely seen him talking to students and patrons. Yes, it is part of his job description. But except for the occasional Town Hall meetings at the Conaway Center, 1104 S. Wabash Ave., other administrators have little face-to-face contact with students. During the ongoing prioritization process, these admi...

College Assembly to unify campus

By Heather Scroering

December 12, 2011

Opportunities for students, staff and faculty to work together on a college campus can be rare. However, the creation of the College Assembly is doing just that by bringing the community together to create change.The College Assembly is an “information sharing” committee consisting of constituents of student, full- and part-time faculty and staff bodies, which will meet throughout each semester to discuss both internal and ...

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