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Free community college could boost education access

February 17, 2014

Tuition and education-related fees have steadily increased in recent years, and state governments have begun debating measures to reduce the cost of higher education. In Tennessee, Oregon and Mississippi, legislators have presented plans to make community college free for two years, which could increase access to higher education but requires high standards to prevent dropout rates from increasing.The Tennessee Promise pr...

Charter schools do not redeem system

February 3, 2014

With responses ranging from great fanfare to angry outcry, the Chicago Board of Education approved seven out of 17 applications for new charter schools during its Jan. 22 meeting. The wave of charters may increase the number of classroom seats, but it won’t necessarily improve the system for all students.In the wake of 47 neighborhood school closures in the summer of 2013, the district is facing overcrowding. With too many studen...

Talking TED with Columbia alum

Michael Kalopedis, Columbia alumnus and owner of Ze’deM Media, is collaborating with TED-Ed on three animated educational videos. The videos will be uploaded in their entirety within the next month. 

By Assistant Campus Editor

January 27, 2014

Columbia alumnus Michael Kalopedis’ animated, educational penguins have found an international audience after Kalopedis was selected to collaborate with media company TED-Ed. Kalopedis is the owner and founder of Ze’deM Media in Cyprus and will direct three animated lessons that...

Students should contribute Wikipedia content

By Tyler Davis

October 29, 2012

No college student would include Wikipedia in a bibliography and expect a good grade. Because it’s publicly edited, the website has earned a bad reputation as a source that doesn’t belong in the classroom. But the same reason teachers dismiss it could be used to argue its merits as a valuable academic tool.Some college educators have put their students to work behind the scenes of Wikipedia. Students at Central College in I...

Obama in Chicago to vote

By James Foster

October 27, 2012

President Barack Obama flew into Chicago Thursday afternoon to vote at this home polling station. The Obama campaign is focusing major efforts on getting people to the polls early this election cycle. Early voting in Illinois started October 22 and will continue until Nov. 3 at locations throughout the city.[kml_flashembed publishmethod="dynamic" fversion="10.1.8276" useexpressinstall="true" movie="https://columbiachronicle.com/soundslides/ob...

Art Institute ‘Gang[s]’ up with contemporary architect

By Alex Stedman

October 22, 2012

From the Willis Tower to the Wrigley Building, Chicago’s architectural marvels and the people who design them are world-renowned. Even though Columbia’s Media Production Center, 1600 S. State St., isn’t historically significant, one of its most prominent designers is being recognized in an exhibition at the Art Institute.“Building: Inside Studio Gang Architects,” which opened Sept. 24, features the work of Chicago architect ...

Obama opportunity, Romney retreat

By Editorial Board

October 22, 2012

With the presidential election rapidly approaching, it is important for college students to understand how each candidate will handle higher education policy, particularly in the area of student financial aid.President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney have two very different views on the matter, and while the situation for college students during Obama’s first term hasn’t been ideal, his po...

New program gives CPS grads advantage in job market

By Contributing Writer

October 15, 2012

by Elizabeth Earl, Contributing WriterGraduates of Chicago Public Schools may have an advantage in finding city jobs, thanks to a new initiative proposed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel.The plan, introduced on Sept. 29, would offer what city officials called a “leg up” to CPS graduates by requiring that they make up 20 percent of applicant pools for city jobs. According to mayoral spokeswoman Caroline Weisser, this is good news ...

Faculty Senate Meeting [9/14/2012]

By Dannis Valera

September 19, 2012

Giving faculty and staff a 3 percent pay raise will require $5 million in cuts aimed at  various units of the college given the current budget situation, Louise Love, interim provost and vice president of Academic Affairs, told the first Faculty Senate meeting of the fall semester. Specifically, $2 million will be cut from the Academic Affairs fiscal 2013 budget, she said. Love and Ken Gotsch, vice president of Business Aff...

Strikes never ideal, sometimes necessary

By Editorial Board

September 17, 2012

On Sept. 10, the Chicago Teachers Union went on strike after it could not reach a contract agreement with Chicago Public Schools, robbing students of vital class time. Both sides should have come to an agreement before classes started.Chicago should always stand by its teachers, but both sides have let students down by taking so long to forge an agreement. Hopefully, this strike has taught CPS and CTU not to fight their bat...

CTU strike hits the streets full force

By Dannis Valera

September 11, 2012

After announcing it late Sunday night, the Chicago Teacher Union (CTU) went on strike Monday morning. The CTU members rallied outside of the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) Central Administration Building. Clad in red shirts, teachers, students and allies marched through the streets of downtown Chicago."Chicago Teacher Union" "CTU" "Strike" "Demonstration" "Protest" "Teachers" "Teacher" "Education" "Negotiations" "Students" "C...

Strip club tax would perpetuate stereotypes about men and women

By Gabrielle Rosas

March 12, 2012

Unless you’re highballing in Las Vegas, strip clubs are usually gross, seedy places that are best avoided. Something about women feigning sexual interest in a man for money is not my idea of quality entertainment. But such is the way of the adult entertainment industry.A new statewide proposal would require strip clubs that sell alcohol or allow patrons to bring their own to pay $5 admission tax for each customer, with a po...

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