The Columbia Chronicle

Electives should facilitate collaboration

By Editorial Board

November 30, 2015

Columbia stands out among other colleges and universities because of its unique curriculum in which students are encouraged to begin taking major classes during their first semester. The approach typically attracts students who are set on a certain career path and want to be immersed in their major from day one.Columbia students are promised they will graduate with a developed portfolio and are encouraged to find their “creative posse”...

Critics of campus activism ignoring root of student demonstrations

By Editorial Board

November 23, 2015

Students at the University of Missouri, Yale University, Ithaca College and Claremont McKenna College have made national headlines for organizing protests  to address systemic racism and administrative indifference or abuse on their respective campuses.The students who have organized demonstrations have been heavily criticized by the media. TIME Magazine chided them in a Nov. 17  article titled “The New Millennial ‘Mo...

Campus network update is long overdue

By Editorial Board

November 23, 2015

Columbia’s website promises prospective students they will be immersed in an innovative environment with “leading-edge” programs that boast “state-of-the-art technology.” It is true that professional equipment and digitally-integrated classrooms are readily available, but one technological failure continually holds students, faculty and staff back—Columbia’s Internet network.Students frequently struggle to conn...

Psychiatry’s drug habit fails patients

By Arts & Culture Reporter

November 16, 2015

Psychiatry—now a booming industry as well as a trusted, supposedly empirical science—first developed as a medical specialty in the early 1800s. Its purpose was the treatment of those severely disoriented individuals who were confined to sanitariums and mental asylums. We would now recognize that these patients suffered from conditions that are largely medical, such as dementia, brain tumors or seizures.It wasn’t until ...

Banning ‘Yik Yak’ does not address systemic issues

By Editorial Board

November 16, 2015

In response to recent protests against racial injustice at the University of Missouri, two college students from other schools in Missouri posted threatening messages on “Yik Yak.” The students were each arrested for making terrorist threats.The app, aimed at college students, allows users to post short, anonymous messages that can be viewed by others nearby. Some “Yik Yak” users have abused the app by using it t...

Student feedback crucial for new center

By Editorial Board

November 16, 2015

After years of hope and speculation by students, the college’s board of trustees recently approved plans to build a student center, as reported Nov. 9 by The Chronicle. Slated to open in the Fall 2018 Semester, the student center will be located at 8th Street and Wabash Avenue, the current site of the Papermaker’s Garden. A nine-week planning phase will begin Nov. 17 to determine what the campus community would like the space to i...

Christopher Chraca, a senior in the Music Technology Program, showed prospective students what people in the program have been creating in their classes during an open house event on Nov. 9 in the 33 E. Congress Parkway Building.

New program combines music, science

November 16, 2015

The college’s graduation ceremony in May 2016 will include Columbia’s first student to graduate with a bachelor of science degree in music technology. The degree is granted through the recently establi...

Fast food workers strike for $15 an hour

November 16, 2015

Fast food workers across America rallied together to protest for a $15 hourly minimum wage. Chicago’s protestors decided to strike at the James R. Thompson Center, 100 W. Randolph St., Nov. 10.  During...

Plan to end over-testing needs more action

By Editorial Board

November 9, 2015

Since the implementation of mandatory standardized tests through No Child Left Behind in 2001, over-testing has become a concern for parents, teachers and students across the nation.The average student takes 112 standardized tests between preschool and grade 12, according to a 2015 study by the Council of the Great City Schools. Eighth-graders spend an average of 25.3 hours taking standardized tests during the school year...

Graham Brown portrays Charlie, the husband of Kristin, the play’s main narrator.

New Chicago play tackles stigma of mental illness

November 9, 2015

“Tell Me What You Remember,” a play delving into the true story of a family’s struggle with mental illness, will run at the Filament Theatre, 4041 N. Milwaukee Ave., from Nov. 12–15 and Nov. 1...

Artistic director James Morehead said attendees can expect a range of programming including drag performances.

Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus ‘funks up’ Christmas favorites

November 9, 2015

The Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus is looking to revitalize and put its stamp on classic holiday songs as the season quickly approaches.This year, the group’s annual holiday show “Miracle on Thirty-Funk...

Sanders’ appeal should be based on platform, not trends

By Metro Reporter

November 9, 2015

With the 2016 presidential election heating up, articles about rival Democratic Party candidates Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton are flooding Twitter timelines and Facebook newsfeeds. According to an Oct. 29 Huffington Post 2016 National Democratic Primary poll, Clinton was leading the polls with 56.4 percent support, while Sanders stood at 31.1 percent. Clinton may be ahead in the polls, but Sanders has experienced a ...

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