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Green Roots Club president, Bre Kloski, junior cinema art and science major,and other members of the club met with faculty advisor Keith Kostecka, Science & Mathematics Department associate professor, March 9 to discuss plans for an Earth Day event. 

Green club blooms on campus

March 13, 2017

Columbia’s only environmental organization, the Green Roots Club, is working to produce local change through projects that support endangered animals and city planting. The group, which began this semester,  comes at a time when the Trump Administration has proposed possibly cripp...

The Motivate & Encourage Music Appreciation program at Stone Academy has now expanded to Langford Community Academy on the South Side.

Do-re-MeMa: program mixes music, activism to teach history

March 13, 2017

Instead of cracking open textbooks for their next history lesson, students are writing original melodies and lyrics to tackle the past.The Motivate & Encourage Music Appreciation program has been teaching...

Editor's Note: School of Media Arts buries its lead

Editor’s Note: To avoid disaster, college needs better rollout for buyout

March 7, 2017

The second employee buyout in two years was announced to faculty and staff March 1, and those who are eligible have already begun contemplating leaving Columbia, as reported on the Front Page. Vice ...

Campus gets crash course on immigration law

By Connor Carynski, Campus Reporter

March 6, 2017

Immigration lawyers, speaking March 3 to a Columbia assembly, addressed a wide range of fears and inquiries triggered by the Trump administration’s crackdown on undocumented immigrants and visa holders.   Titled “Critical Questions: What is Immigration Like Today?,” the lecture in the  Hokin Lecture Hall of the 623 S. Wabash Ave. Building covered the latest changes to immigration policy from administrative decisions. The change...

Illinois groups stand with transgender youth

Illinois groups stand with transgender youth

By Jackie Murray

March 6, 2017

When the Trump administration rolled back guidelines introduced by the Obama administration regarding the protection of transgender youth Feb. 22, LGBT advocacy and civil rights groups in Chicago and across the s...

Chronicle again named No. 1 non-daily college newspaper

Chronicle again named No. 1 non-daily college newspaper

February 27, 2017

For the second consecutive year, The Chronicle staff received a first place award for General Excellence as well as 31 others at the Illinois College Press Association convention Feb. 18. In addition to the General Excellence honor, for which the newspaper was competing against 12 no...

Mayor Rahm Emanuel, pictured here at a City Council meeting Feb. 22, has yet to introduce a plan to implement the recent Department of Justice recommendations

Alderman, activist search for reform updates

February 27, 2017

After more than a month since the U.S. Department of Justice released its report on the Chicago Police Department and a new administration has taken office in Washington D.C., activists and aldermen are now...

Student Center funds may need back-up plan

By Editorial Board

February 20, 2017

The former Johnson Publishing Company building, an 11-story tower that housed the company that published EBONY and JET magazines and several other publications that were icons to the black community, is under consideration for Historic Landmark status, according to a Feb. 2 press release from Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Columbia purchased the building in late 2010 for an estimated $8 million, according to a June 14, 2016 Chicago Business article. Columbia planned to convert it into a library and then considered it for its proposed student resource center but decided students needed a more open space. Now, Columbia plans to use the profits from selling the Johnson building to help pay for the upcoming $50 million student center for which has hired an architecture firm to begin the planning phase completed in the 2015–2016 academic year. Now that the building is up for historic landmark status, it could be less marketable for the college because of the restrictions that go along with this designation. According to college spokeswoman Anjali Julka, the building has not been sold as of press time. Landmark status is a prestigious honor, but Columbia needs to be very conscious of whether the Johnson building can sell. If it can’t, Columbia should either halt the plans to create a new student center entirely or develop a new, less expensive concept.Though Columbia likely won’t take money out of students’ tuition to pay for the student center if the sale falls through, the administration needs to be extremely clear about how it plans to finance the building without this source of revenue.Another option is to find alternate uses for the center’s projected $50 million budget. The priority should be to fix problems students are concerned about such as getting new desks, carpets and computers and keeping tuition at the same rate every year.In its vacant state, the building is not benefiting anyone at Columbia, especially students. Though it has obvious historical significance and held in reverence by the African-American community, Columbia must be responsive to the needs of its students, which may not involve a student center. If the money isn’t available, Columbia should not even be considering pursuing it.

Some Southeast Side community members fear a neurotoxin called manganese is in the air, which can damage the nervous system, according to the EPA.

Southeast Side residents’ health at risk again

February 20, 2017

The presence of the neurotoxin manganese in Southeast Side communities’ air has left residents frustrated with the Department of Health’s repeated lack of communication over toxins emitted from ne...

The Illinois Campaign for Political Reform, which last came to Columbia in the Fall 2016 semester, will discuss the Trump presidency in a forum on Feb.22. 

Political reform group to bring presidency discussion to Columbia

February 20, 2017

The Illinois Campaign for Political Reform will be holding a forum at Columbia with expert panelists for students and the public to discuss the effects of the Trump administration on the state. “This is one of the main topics on everyone’s mind right now,” said Sarah Brune,...

Students voiced personal experiences they have had with different college programs to the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Student Advisory Board during a Feb. 8 town hall meeting. 

Few students express concerns at DEI town hall meeting

February 13, 2017

Junior American Sign language-English interpretation major Cory O’Brien claimed to have waited five hours before receiving attention at the Health Center because he hadn’t made an appointment—one of several complaints made at the first Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Student B...

Editor's Note: College tries to give students voice in DEI talks, why won’t they take it?

Editor’s Note: College tries to give students voice in DEI talks, why won’t they take it?

February 13, 2017

Columbia’s leaders in diversity, equity and inclusion are taking steps to try to receive student feedback. This would be an effective strategy to ensure all voices are heard, but students are not t...

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