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Columbia navigates students' need for remote mental health services amid pandemic

Columbia navigates students’ need for remote mental health services amid pandemic

June 11, 2020

Kate McAlonen has struggled with depression and anxiety for years, but said she is now feeling a heightened sense of emotional and mental instability induced by the pandemic. In an attempt to ge...

Chicago tenant unions fight for those struggling to pay rent

Chicago tenant unions fight for those struggling to pay rent

June 5, 2020

For two months, Danielle Limonez struggled to pay rent, barely getting by once the coronavirus pandemic began. Limonez, a senior television major, was laid off March 27 from her position as an ou...

Faculty and staff forums provide clarity, but are ‘just the start’ for reopening campus

Faculty and staff forums provide clarity, but are ‘just the start’ for reopening campus

June 4, 2020

College administrators are openly answering questions and addressing concerns from faculty and staff members during online forums—where steps toward reopening campus through social distancing, red...

Opinion: America's pre-existing condition of racism does not excuse itself from accountability

Opinion: America’s pre-existing condition of racism does not excuse itself from accountability

June 3, 2020

The modern-day lynchings of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and George Floyd at the hands of police, intertwined with numerous displays of glaring entitlement from white Americans, have exposed that America...

The pandemic in pictures: Coronavirus sends photography students to a collaborative final project

The pandemic in pictures: Coronavirus sends photography students to a collaborative final project

May 28, 2020

Masked individuals walk down vacant sidewalks—in one photo a woman carries an abundance of groceries, and a man crosses the street in his work uniform in another. The images, made by senior Lud...

Riad Ismat, prolific writer and scholar with 'invaluable' knowledge

Riad Ismat, prolific writer and scholar with ‘invaluable’ knowledge

May 27, 2020

For Sami Hussain Ismat, his father will be remembered as determined and honest, with a love for humor, weekend morning sports games and being among others. Writer, theatre scholar and former adju...

Change in location: International students face challenges amid coronavirus pandemic

Change in location: International students face challenges amid coronavirus pandemic

May 27, 2020

Pablo Aguilar, a junior cinema art and science major and international student from Ecuador, drifted between different housing for more than a month before returning home April 30. When campus bui...

Chicago theatre community journeys ‘over the rainbow’ to connect with audience

May 20, 2020

When Ed Rutherford read a New York Times article about how rich people were preparing for the coronavirus pandemic, he was inspired to produce a show based on this idea. Unable to put on the show in-person...

Students of Columbia's

Second City students keep laughter alive during pandemic

May 20, 2020

After cracking a joke, junior comedy and performance major Case Lowe waited for laughter and sounds of amusement, but instead received a grid of thumbs-up and clapping emojis from classmates on Zoom. ...

Camryn Tabiolo, a sophomore filmmaking student at Columbia who came back to Hawaii during the state-wide shutdown, often goes on a walk with her family and dog, Finn, in Ewa Beach, Hawaii.

A Columbia student on what it’s like to be in Hawaii during the pandemic

May 19, 2020

Camryn Tabiolo returned home to Hawaii after Columbia's campus closure to find her father, a hotel director, and her brother, who worked for Enterprise, furloughed due to the statewide shutdown. ...

Political pandemic: scope of local and national politics altered due to coronavirus

Political pandemic: scope of local and national politics altered due to coronavirus

May 19, 2020

This week, Illinois legislators are set to return to Springfield for the first time since early March, but the circumstances in which they do will be quite different. Both chambers are schedule...

Opinion: Pritzker's release of inmates during pandemic is headline bait

Opinion: Pritzker’s release of inmates during pandemic is headline bait

May 14, 2020

When an uncontrollable factor—such as a global pandemic—is released into prisons that already experience overcrowding nationwide and house hundreds of humans deemed criminal by the state, wide...

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