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Moodle: the sinking ship

By Editorial Board

February 2, 2015

In less than three months, Moodle, Columbia’s notorious learning management system, will replace OASIS and serve as the college’s only official online classroom component. The college is hoping to truly integrate technology into its learning experience with Moodle, but years of bumps in the road on the journey to digitally enhancing the classroom should not go unnoticed or unaddressed. Students and faculty use Moodle—...

May Day Rally

May 5, 2014

International Workers' Day is an annual holiday on May 1 that celebrates solidarity among workers around the world. A holiday march kicked off the holiday at the historic site of the Haymarket Riots, the H...

Columbia names five honorary degree recipients

Columbia names five honorary degree recipients

April 21, 2014

After Columbia’s Spring 2014 graduates stroll across the Chicago Theatre stage, they will hear words of wisdom from this year’s honorary degree recipients. The recipients include architect Jea...

Is weed a gateway drug?

April 21, 2014

As more states legalize medical marijuana and debate recreational use, the scientific community is investigating the plant’s effects on the body and brain. One of the more contentious debates is whether weed is a gateway to hard drugs—a theory that could be negated by expanding marijuana legalization.While there is no conclusive proof that marijuana use predicts hard drug use, there is a correlation: 61.8 percent of hard dr...

A ‘Monster’ of an ordinance

By Editorial Board

January 28, 2013

Alderman Edward Burke (14th Ward) proposed an ordinance banning the sale of energy drinks within city limits during a Jan. 17 Chicago City Council meeting, arguing that the drinks are unhealthy, especially for young consumers.The ordinance cites a Food and Drug Administration report alleging that Monster Energy drinks have caused five deaths since 2009. The FDA has also received reports of health incidents related to other energy drinks. While such beverages can be dangero...

Add ‘gender identity’ to anti-discrimination statement

By Editorial Board

December 10, 2012

Columbia’s anti-discrimination statement reads, “Columbia will not tolerate harassment or discrimination based on religion, race, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or ethnicity by or of its students, faculty, or staff.”One category that is noticeably absent from the statement is gender identity. Should transgender students face discrimination, there is no guarantee they will receive the same prote...

More solutions than presidential commission

By Editorial Board

December 3, 2012

Vartan Gregorian, president of the influential nonprofit Carnegie Corporation of New York, is trying to gather support for a commission to be appointed by President Barack Obama that would set the course for higher education in America, according to a Nov. 21 article on The Chronicle of Higher Education’s website.The initiative is inspired by President Harry S. Truman’s presidential committee of 1947, which established community c...

College quality not reflected in graduation rate

By Editorial Board

October 28, 2012

This month, Columbia placed 10th on’s list of private colleges with the worst graduation rates, with a rate of 40.5 percent. This seems alarming until it is put into context.Most private colleges with high graduation rates, like Harvard University with 97.4 percent, have very low acceptance rates—5.9 percent in Harvard’s case. Columbia’s generous admissions policy and 80 percent acceptance rate could be the main cause...

‘Right to Know’ act brings vital data to students

By Editorial Board

September 30, 2012

Earlier this year, Sens. Marco Rubio and Ron Wyden introduced the Student Right to Know Before You Go Act, which would provide prospective college students with coordinated data about post-graduation employment rates and average salary. If passed, the bill would improve students’ ability to choose their college and major while considering how they will pay off student loans based on their anticipated income.“At best, the inf...

Admissions policy needs less generosity

By Editorial Board

September 23, 2012

Enrollment for Columbia’s fall semester is down 842 students. A good number of those–310 students–did not return because of a failure to meet academic standards. Seemingly, there are students who are unable to keep up with the college’s expectations, and this might have to do with the school’s admission policy.Columbia accepts more than 80 percent of its applicants, according to its website. This is actually not t...

Massive online classes should not receive accreditation

By Editorial Board

September 13, 2012

The new buzzword in education is MOOC, which stands for Massive Open Online Course. MOOCs are free college-level courses, some of which are offered in partnership with big-name universities like the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard, available to anyone willing to put in the work. Currently, these classes cannot be taken for credit, but one MOOC provider, edX, is now offering on-site, supervised exams. This h...

Recycling Program a victim of prioritization

By Tyler Davis

September 3, 2012

The formerly student-run Recycling Program will be seeing some staffing changes this year. Students will no longer be sorting recyclable materials, a task that will now be performed by the school’s custodial staff. The program was created by students and will still have student involvement, but it remains uncertain whether they will continue to have a say in how recycling is carried outon campus.Students started the recy...

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