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College LEED’s by example

By Amanda Murphy

March 28, 2011

A recent certification may bring Columbia one step closer to being regarded as a sustainability sensitive institution. After many attempts to become as environmentally friendly as possible, the college has notched one of its largest accomplishments.Columbia’s newest building, the Media Production Center, 1632 S. State St., was recently stamped with a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold certificate.The MPC b...

No excuse in ‘She asked for it’

By SpencerRoush

March 14, 2011

It’s normal for college students to spend their free time bar hopping or clubbing, wearing clothes different from everyday attire. It’s fun to get dressed up and go out, and sometimes the skirts are shorter, the necklines are lower and the jewelry is flashier. But donning a hot little dress, high heels and lipstick is sometimes considered an excuse for men to commit sex crimes against women for wearing said outfits—because t...

International art sends message of strength

By Amanda Murphy

March 14, 2011

The exhibition, “Off the Beaten Path: Violence, Women and Art,” describes many aspects of what it means to be a woman in modern day America. The exhibit at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St., displays a variety of artwork from 29 contemporary artists from 25 countries.On March 8, Columbia sponsored a discussion with four of the featured artists—, three women and one man—about their art, gender issues a...

Money talking money

By Amanda Murphy

March 14, 2011

In the past year, Columbia made strides toward a more promising financial position compared to that of the last several years.Or so said Columbia President Warrick L. Carter spoke at a faculty and staff convocation on March 11 about the college’s recent financial status. He explained the reasons behind some of the unpopular decisions Columbia’s administration made in recent months, such as staff cuts.“We’ve had some challe...

Columbia welcomes writing wonders

By Amanda Murphy

March 14, 2011

Columbia has built its academics around immersing students in real-life experiences. That philosophy is once again illustrated by Story Week.This is the 15th year the Fiction Writing Department has organized a plethora of opportunities for students and faculty to learn what it means to be a literary success.The free festivities will begin on March 13 and last until March 18 with a literary lineup, including Scottish novelist Irvi...

Generally excellent, once again

By Amanda Murphy

February 28, 2011

Nail-biting deadlines and pull-my-hair-out moments finally paid off for The Columbia Chronicle staff at the Illinois College Press Association Conference this year, when Chronites left with 32 awards under our arm and something to brag about, at least until next year.For four consecutive years, The Chronicle has taken home the John David Reed General Excellence Award, which is the most coveted among competitors and a crow...

Media Production Center marks one-year

By Shardae Smith

February 21, 2011

It’s been one year since Columbia officially opened the doors of the 35,500-square-foot Media Production Center, located on 16th and State streets, which made history as the college’s first newly constructed building in its 120-year presence.The Media Production Center serves as a professional laboratory, equipped with sound stages, screen testing rooms, an animation lab and a motion capture studio, aimed at replicating the environment students will encounter post-graduation.The center was designed with the School of Media Arts in mind but also serves as a way to intertwine other areas of concentration, according to chair of the Film and Video Department Bruce Sheridan.“We really have been able to do things at the Media Production Center to break down the separation between departments and between the schools,” Sheridan said.According to Doreen Bartoni, dean for the School of Media Arts, the college would rent sound stations for advanced productions before the MPC was built.“It’s hard to imagine [the college] before the MPC because we’ve integrated the center within the curriculum, particularly with film and video,” Bartoni said.Alicia Berg, vice president for Campus Environment, said the community’s perception of the college has changed within the South Loop because of the MPC.“It’s one thing to take a historic building and brand it with super graphics on the exterior to show the college’s creativity,” Berg said. “But when you’re able to design a whole new building, where the exterior expresses Columbia, like we were able to do on the MPC, it really made a leap frog in terms of advancing people’s concept of what Columbia is.”Bartoni said the concept around developing the MPC in the emerging neighborhood at 16th and State streets was an “open field.”“When pedestrians walk by, they can see what’s going on in the production suites or see students practicing, directing and acting,” Bartoni said. “So we really wanted to be a really good neighbor in that way.”Sheridan said when “Avatar” cinematographer Mauro Fiore visited the MPC, Fiore stated the center had the capability to shoot the award-winning movie.“We’re now in a position to shoot anything,” Sheridan said. “We can shoot a feature film in there when we’re ready to do it.According to Sheridan, because he has previous experience with film studios, he expected problems for the center’s first yearof operation.“I expected there would be all sorts of bumps in the road, and it wouldn’t work well,” Sheridan said. “But in fact, it worked really well from day one, and it was a little bit of a strange feeling. I was sitting back waiting for problems and they never arose.”

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