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Dean candidates discuss their vision for the School of Fine and Performing Arts

Dean candidates discuss their vision for the School of Fine and Performing Arts

January 21, 2020

After more than a year of an interim dean in the School of Fine and Performing Arts, the college is conducting an internal search for a permanent replacement. The role was formerly occupied by Onye Ozuzu...

Carin Silkaitis—a former associate professor and head of acting in the Theatre Department at North Central College in Naperville—will take on the role of chair in Columbia’s Theatre Department Aug. 16.

New theatre chair sets the stage for social change

July 1, 2019

When Carin Silkaitis was in high school, her English instructor gave the class a choice for their final exam—they could write an essay, or perform a section of Shakespeare’s “Hamlet.” Adorn...

Irving Park resident Christopher O’Connor plans to open Chicago’s first gun store and shooting range, despite community criticism. 

Chicago businessman hopeful to open city’s first gun shop

January 25, 2016

A Chicago businessman is pushing  forward with plans to open the city’s first gun store and shooting range despite resistance from community members andan alderman.The brainchild of Irving Park resident C...

“Krampus!” actors performed a short scene from the play at Christkindlmarket in Daley Plaza Dec. 1, next to the Grand Timber Haus.

He knows when you’ve been naughty—Krampus is coming to town

December 7, 2015

Instead of receiving coal, naughty kids this Christmas season will face being terrorized by the monster Krampus, thanks to a holiday production the Strangeloop Theatre is scheduled to run Dec. 7–8 and Dec....

Most students currently use the OASIS academic advising guide in combination with pen-on-paper templates to plan out their graduation path.

College to invest in new advising software

April 13, 2015

Columbia will invest in new technologies to support the college’s advising services beginning as early as the next academic year, according to the college’s Strategic Plan. As part of the plan’s ...

Tony Trigilio, professor in the Creative Writing Department and director of  the poetry program, will assume the position of interim chair of the department in the fall, replacing current chair Matthew Shenoda, who has held the position since 2013.

Creative Writing announces new interim chair

March 2, 2015

As the search for a permanent chair of the Creative Writing Department continues, interim chair Matthew Shenoda announced he will step down at the end of this semester. Tony Trigilio, a professor in the depa...

Pulling at the seams: Uptown’s decades-long heritage of diversity beginning to crumble

By Copy Chief

September 22, 2014

“Hey, man, can I have a smoke?”Startled from his private thoughts, Tobias Elder tried to keep walking past the man who asked him for a cigarette. The man looked like he could be a gang member, Elder says, and Elder was not in the mood to barter over cigarettes, so he tossed him the whole pack and tried to move on.To his surprise, the man followed him and looped an arm across his shoulders, asking what was wrong. When ...

Notable Native: Vanessa Buccella

Vanessa Buccella

By Assistant Metro Editor

February 17, 2014

Vanessa Buccella grew up in a small Arkansas town and always dreamed of living in a big city. After she was accepted to New York University’s film school, she realized she could not attend because of fina...

Provost search draws to a close, two finalists chosen

Provost search draws to a close, two finalists chosen

January 27, 2014

The search for a new provost, a post that has been held on an interim basis for more than two years, is winding down, as two finalists will be visiting the campus Feb. 4 and 11. The names of the finalists have not been released but will be revealed to the student body when the ...

College quality not reflected in graduation rate

By Editorial Board

October 29, 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...

Boxing welcomes first openly gay fighter

By Lindsey Woods

October 15, 2012

I am not a huge fan of boxing. If I wanted to see a couple of muscled dudes punch each other, I’d just go to a bar in Wrigleyville and order some bros too many Jager bombs. But my dislike of the sport was recently challenged when No. 4-ranked featherweight boxer Orlando Cruz declared on Oct. 3 that he is “a proud gay man.”This proclamation makes Cruz the first openly gay boxer, a feat he and the sport should be incredibly...

Love reinstates chairs

By Heather Scroering

March 19, 2012

After a campuswide outcry sparked by the recent announcement that Fiction Writing Department Chair Randy Albers and English Department Chair Ken Daley would not have their contracts renewed, Interim Provost Louise Love has taken an unexpected turn and renewed their contracts for one year.Love, who is also vice president of Academic Affairs, announced the dramatic reversal March 13 in an email addressed to faculty and staff.“...

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