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The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee will be holding an open forum Oct. 31 to allow the college community to give feedback for their mission statement, released through an Oct. 5 email from President and CEO Kwang-Wu Kim.

DEI announces new mission statement, nomination process

October 21, 2016

Columbia's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee is taking steps to complete the third goal of the college’s Strategic Plan pillar “Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: Engaging Difference,” accordi...

Conceptual renderings for the Getz Theater renovations show designs for both the theater and lobby area at 72 E. 11 St.

Show goes on—renovation plan announced for Getz Theater

October 10, 2016

Columbia's Getz Theater will be redesigned into a courtyard-style theater as a part of a 2-year renovation plan announced by the college Oct. 4.The renovations for the theater, 72 E. 11th St., were ann...

Enrollment at 20-year low, Provost says, ‘Keep the faith’

Final enrollment numbers for the Fall 2016 Semester published on the Office of Institutional Effectiveness’ website revealed a 9.4 percent decrease in last year’s total—down from 8,961 students to 8,120 students.

By Campus Editor

October 3, 2016

Despite predictions that 2016 would be the year of enrollment “turnaround,” official figures showed a net loss of nearly 850 students, marking one of Columbia’s largest drops during its seventh cons...

Informational sessions were held the week of Sept. 19 for employees with questions regarding life insurance benefits, announced in a Sept. 12 email.

Insurance benefits slashed for non-union employees

September 26, 2016

Full-time, non-union employees were notified of benefits cuts, effective Oct. 1, reducing the payment to beneficiaries in the event of an employee’s death, according to a Sept. 12 email from Columbia’s Hu...

Columbia’s largest dorm for sale

By Campus Reporter

September 10, 2016

The University Center, Columbia’s largest dorm building shared with DePaul, Roosevelt and Robert Morris universities, has been posted for sale on the website for CBRE—a multi-national real estate company.Though the building may have a new owner, its function will most likely remain the same, according to a Sept. 9 statement from Columbia spokeswoman Cara Birch.“Columbia, along with other institutions, has chosen the ...

Jon Stern, the college’s former vice president of Alumni Relations and Development, departed from the college May 17.

Development, Alumni Relations VP out after nearly two years

May 19, 2016

Jon Stern, the college’s vice president of Alumni Relations and Development, left the college May 17, holding the position for less than two years.Stern is leaving to “pursue other opportunities,...

Notable Native: Joyce Percel

Joyce Percel, who works for Chicago Cares, said its annual Serve-a-thon will take place on June 25. She said it is estimated to bring in 5,000 volunteers. 

By metro editor

May 9, 2016

Joyce Percel realized shortly before graduating from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign that she did not want to pursue a career with her degree in chemistry, but wanted to make a career out...

New security background checks lack Google search

New security background checks lack Google search

May 2, 2016

Google searches are available to anyone with internet access and can provide information that Columbia’s background checks of prospective hires do not. The college’s recent hiring of six new watch commander...

Diana Vallera, an adjunct professor in the Photography Department and part-time faculty union president, said the college needs to better compensate its adjunct faculty in light of a study conducted by Graff, Ballauer & Blanski, a local public accounting firm, on behalf of P-Fac.

P-Fac calls for improved budget transparency from administration

April 25, 2016

A study commissioned by P-Fac, the college’s part-time faculty union, found only 13 percent of funding for all salaries and wages at the college goes to adjunct faculty, who teach 48 percent of the col...

Gov. Bruce Rauner and Illinois Democrats agreed to provide emergency funding for various state colleges and universities as well as the state-funded Monetary Award Program. It has yet to be known how the MAP funding will affect Columbia.

State legislature approves higher education funding

April 23, 2016

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and state Democrats came to a rare agreement April 22 to provide emergency funding for Illinois institutions of higher education as well as the state-funded Monetary Award Progra...

Diversity Part II: Lack of progress hurts employee recruitment, retention

Diversity Part II: Lack of progress hurts employee recruitment, retention

April 11, 2016

According to recently reported racial and gender demographics, Columbia’s faculty, staff and administration reflect far less diversity than that of its student body.The data, which shows that approximately 50 pe...

Students frustrated with progress of sexual assault case

Students frustrated with  progress of sexual assault case

By Opinions Editor

April 11, 2016

As Columbia hosts collegewide events throughout April in observance of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, the college has allegedly allowed a sexual assault complaint filed Feb. 1 to go without a hearing, wh...

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