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College reports leaders’ pay

College reports leaders’ pay

October 6, 2014

Even as tuition continued to increase, former President Warrick L. Carter and 13 other members of Columbia’s administration collected total compensation of more than $200,000 in 2012, according to the college’s most recent Form 990, an annual tax audit that nonprofits are require...

Shooting coverage carries racist undertones

By Associate Editor

September 15, 2014

If your life came to a tragic end, how would you want the news to tell your story?This is a question news organizations must constantly ponder when covering victims of gun violence. Following the Aug. 9 death of Michael Brown, an unarmed black 18-year-old male shot in Ferguson, Missouri, news outlets such as USA Today pulled photos from Brown’s Facebook page, showing him displaying what can be interpreted as a gang sign. ...

Campus community armed with knowledge on sexual assault policy

Campus community armed with knowledge on sexual assault policy

September 8, 2014

Sexual assault awareness and clear institutional policies have become a priority at the college, leading to open discussions about the school’s Title IX policies, events  to raise consciousness and the creation of a sexual assault awareness committee. In response to the Federal C...

Meet treatment houses halfway

May 5, 2014

A group of residents in the West Town and Bucktown neighborhoods have filed complaints against A Fresh Start Sober Living Environments Inc., which operates eight halfway houses across the city, claiming that the facilities attract drugs and crime to otherwise quiet neighborhoods. While the houses may attract residents who engage in questionable behavior, the courts should consider the residents’ motivations for the compla...

President Kwang-Wu Kim discusses the college’s deficit, enrollment rates and rising tuition costs April 8 during his State of the College address. The college has cut its $3.5 million deficit by $2 million in the last year, according to Interim Chief Financial Officer Richard Dowsek. 

College’s million-dollar deficit shrinks

April 22, 2014

Despite falling enrollment and rising tuition, Columbia’s budgetary turbulence may finally be stabilizing. An unexpected combination of better than predicted enrollment numbers, increased tuition cost and decreased departmental spending has reduced the college’s $3.5 million de...

Coffee with the president

Students and president talk spaces

March 3, 2014

The Johnson Publishing Building, 820 S. Michigan Ave., took center stage during “Coffee with the President,” a series of events where students can participate in an open conversation with President Kwang Wu-Kim, due to a lack of student spaces and the need for a campus student...

Police clock in, budget clocks out

February 17, 2014

The Chicago Police Department’s current strategy of transferring officers from their desk jobs to the streets successfully reduced crime in 2013, but it carried an unreasonably high price tag. The overtime bill ran up to $103.5 million, nearly $10 million more than the department projected in the 2013 budget. The overinflated cost raises questions about how effectively the police department is utilizing its resources and whet...

Relieve overcrowding with more parolees

January 27, 2014

During his annual Christmas visit to Cook County Jail, the Rev. Jesse Jackson announced a plan to sue the county, calling for greater release of pre-trial detainees to electronic monitoring. The proposal could potentially save on the cost of room and board for inmates, but the plan needs supervision to prevent backlash.Electronic monitoring consists of fastening a tracking anklet to a nonviolent inmate and sending him or her...

Crime Commission awards gang-violence reduction efforts

By Hallie Zolkower-Kutz

November 12, 2012

Individuals, organizations and law enforcement professionals who have contributed to violence prevention in Chicago were honored on Nov. 7 during the Stars of Distinction 2012 Awards Dinner sponsored by the Chicago Crime Commission.The dinner, held at the Palmer House Hilton, 17 E. Monroe St., brought together law enforcement officials and community groups to collaborate on methods for decreasing gang violence in the cit...

Nonprofit restaurant drawing ill-founded complaints

By Editorial Board

October 15, 2012

Panera Bread opened a nonprofit restaurant in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood on June 21 that allows customers to pay as much or as little for their meals as they are able. Recently, some members of the community have complained that the restaurant, called Panera Cares, 616 W. Diversey Parkway, is attracting a rough crowd, though police said they have not seen an increase in crime because of the restaurant.Panera Cares, whic...

Emanuel quits second job to focus on governing city

By Tyler Davis

September 24, 2012

The Chicago Teachers strike was both talk of the town and the nation. What was a local dispute between union leaders and city government became a national debate about education.In response to the Chicago teachers strike, one prominent politician had this to say: “I am disappointed by the decision of the Chicago Teachers Union to turn its back on not only a city negotiating in good faith but also the hundreds of thousands...

Demolitions fail to curb crime

By Editorial Board

September 10, 2012

Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Aug. 31 that the Department of Buildings demolished its 100th vacant building linked to gang-related activity. These buildings are being destroyed as part of the mayor’s aggressive—and so far unsuccessful—anti-gang strategy. With a homicide rate 30 percent higher than last year’s, maybe creating vacant lots in the city’s most crime-ridden neighborhoods isn’t the solution we need.Getting...

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