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Columbia rushes around anti-Greek policy

Columbia rushes around anti-Greek policy

December 1, 2014

An email sent to students’ LoopMail accounts Nov. 9 about the campus bookstore selling sorority and fraternity gear despite the collegewide policy prohibiting Greek life left some students confused an...

Gov. Pat Quinn discusses the $6.2 million grant that the state awarded to Columbia for the 2014–2015 academic year to improve curricula and pay for construction costs. Quinn visited the Conaway Center, 1104 S. Wabash Ave., on Oct. 28. He is up for reelection Nov. 3.

Illinois grants Columbia $7.2 million

November 3, 2014

As the gubernatorial race gets down to the wire, incumbent Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is vocal about his administration’s commitment to higher education. Quinn appeared on campus Oct. 28 to announce that the state government would give the college a $7.2 million grant to improve...

Divvy creates annual student discount rate

October 20, 2014

Divvy announced Oct. 6 that it will apply a student discount to its annual subscription for students at Columbia College, DePaul University, Northwestern University, Rush University Medical Center, University of Illinois at Chicago and other Chicago-area colleges.Divvy, Chicago’s bike sharing service, has given college students discounted rates in recent years and is complementing an even larger discount with a $55 annua...

Crime reports reveal increase in theft

Crime reports reveal increase in theft

October 13, 2014

An outbreak of thefts is plaguing Columbia’s campus, resulting in stolen backpacks, phones, wallets, a laptop and a bicycle. In an Oct. 3 email to the college community, the Office of Campus Safety & Security warned students that there has been an increase in thefts occu...

Political leaders gather April 2 for a panel discussion and press conference on decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana to keep minor charges off of permanent records at Roosevelt University, 430 S. Michigan Ave.

Lawmakers push weed decriminalization

April 21, 2014

With medical marijuana recently legalized in Illinois, some lawmakers are advocating lower criminal penalties for possession of small amounts of the drug. Political leaders gathered April 2 at Roosevelt...

The Kenmore, 5040 N. Kenmore Ave., is one of a series of Chicago Housing Authority buildings. The CHA is considering a program that would allow ex-offenders to live with family members in public housing.

Public housing program to provide second chances

April 14, 2014

To help residents with criminal records contribute to society, Mayor Rahm Emanuel is backing a pilot program that would allow a test group of ex-offenders to be re-admitted to public housing.Emanuel and ...

Featured Artist: Josh Salt

Featured Artist: Josh Salt

April 7, 2014

Senior theater major, Josh Salt is used to receiving roles in major productions such as “Chicago Fire,” but said he was still shocked to find out he will be “Harry Potter” star Daniel Radcliffe’s understudy in the Broadway play “The Cripple of Inishmaan.” Th...

The Chicago Lady Cobras surprised fans and competitors in last year’s Women’s U.S. Nationals dek hockey tournament in Leominster, Massachusetts as the first and only team from the Midwest to compete and took third place.

Lady Cobras lie in wait for winter to thaw

March 31, 2014

Like many Chicago residents, the Chicago Lady Cobras are currently waiting for the snow to melt and ice to thaw to begin the 2014 dek hockey season.The Lady Cobras are the Midwest’s only female dek, ...

The Miracle Machine

Still waiting for miracle

March 17, 2014

Turning water into wine was considered a miracle until the invention of a wine-making machine suggested it could be done without the help of divine intervention. This invention, as it turns out, was a h...

New major offers students hands-on approach to ASL

March 10, 2014

Columbia’s American Sign Language-English Interpretation Department added a Deaf Studies major this semester, the only program of its kind in the Midwest.Unlike the department’s current ASL-English I...

University of Chicago an obvious choice for Obama library

By Managing Editor

January 27, 2014

Unsurprisingly, Chicago is going to make a bid to be the site of President Barack Obama’s Presidential Library and Museum. Now that New York’s Columbia University has announced its plans to propose that the library be constructed on its campus, Mayor Rahm Emanuel is aggressively working to promote Chicago as the right location.It only makes sense to house Obama’s presidential artifacts in the city where he began his politi...

Cutting classes bleeds students

January 27, 2014

Planning a class schedule that fulfills graduation requirements can be difficult, but it becomes next to impossible when core classes are cancelled days before the semester starts, a frustrating reality Columbia students are beginning to face more often.The climb in course cancellations can be partially attributed to Columbia’s five-year enrollment decline, which has left some departments with too many classes and not enough students to fill them, as reported Sept. 16 by The Chronicle.Dropping classes can bandage the college’s anemic budget, but doing so based on size alone, at the expense of students and faculty who rely on them, is not responsible. The seniors particularly have reason to be nervous about course cancellations because it may force them to enroll in an extra semester at Columbia, a blow to the wallet many of them cannot take.Several attempts to contact members of the administration resulted in referrals to Interim Provost Louise Love’s office. Love said the target average for every class throughout Columbia has been raised to 15 students, the latest in a history of fluctuating class size requirements. So, not every class has to have 15 students, but if one has 10, then another has to have 20 to balance it out. Love said the deans and the department chairs have the discretion to make the final judgment on which classes to run and which to cancel. In theory, that should lead to equitable results but, to judge from student complaints, that’s often not the case. When the new provost takes office, he or she needs to address this situation and come up with a procedure that flags courses that are essential to a senior’s graduation or that are offered so rarely that students never have the chance to take them.Adding insult to injury, the under-resourced and overworked advising staff is not always available to counsel students on what to do after a key class has been cancelled. Under normal circumstances, scheduling a meeting can take weeks, and the situation is even worse during registration week. Students who want to replace a cancelled class with an equivalent requirement need to meet with a college advisor, but the advising center’s policy is to make all appointments walk-in only during registration week, which stymies many students’ attempts to reconstruct their schedules around a cancelled course. Expanding the resources for the advising center is another item for the incoming provost’s to-do list.Cancelling some classes may be unavoidable, but when it needs to be done for the purpose of the college’s budget, it should happen sooner rather than later. It’s inexcusable to both faculty members and the students who have registered for a class to discontinue the class only a few days before the semester starts. While it’s understandable that a department head would want to wait until the last minute to see if a course can meet its enrollment minimum, the ensuing stress that students experience is unfair and unacceptable. More importantly, each student should have the right to customize his or her education at Columbia, and cancelling the more esoteric classes in favor of the more popular ones limits students’ abilities to do so. Additionally, department heads should reallocate displaced students into classes that may be already full if those students need them to graduate on time. Even if the class has already met its enrollment limit, adding one or two students will not damage the small-class environment that Columbia promotes.The college has legitimate monetary reasons to cancel classes, but not at the expense of its students. Fundamental changes to the advising center’s resources and revisiting the college’s cancellation process could help students avoid choking down the cost of extra unnecessary semesters.

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