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College students struggle to afford food, federal report says

College students struggle to afford food, federal report says

February 4, 2019

As tuition rises, many college students struggle to afford basic necessities, such as food. A December 2018 report by the United States General Accountability Office analyzed data from 2016 and concl...

Colleagues, students remember Steve Lattimore

Colleagues, students remember Steve Lattimore

January 4, 2019

The college community is mourning the recent death of alumnus, adjunct professor and longtime broadcast journalist Steve Lattimore, who passed away Dec. 20 at 55 years old. Lattimore received a bach...

Faculty Senate approves new majors, minors

Faculty Senate approves new majors, minors

January 2, 2019

The Faculty Senate approved eight new programs and policies to the college's curriculum for the 2019–2020 academic year. The new programs, approved at the Dec. 7 meeting, include an audio arts bachelor's...

Editor's Note: School of Media Arts buries its lead

Editor’s Note: School of Media Arts buries its lead

May 1, 2017

The April 25 announcement of an interim chair of the Cinema and Television Arts Department may have come as a surprise to faculty and staff who didn’t even know of the new department’s existence....

Interim chair of merged Cinema, Television department appointed

Interim chair of merged Cinema, Television department appointed

May 1, 2017

Eric Scholl, associate chair and professor in the Television Department, has been appointed interim chair of Columbia’s new Cinema and Television Arts Department, which informally announces the upcoming merger of the Cinema Art and Science and Television departments. Combining the ...

Editor's Note: School of Media Arts buries its lead

Editor’s Note: Hiring for nonexistent department undermines college input

March 13, 2017

If program changes are pending approval, but the college goes forward with them anyway, are they really pending at all? Announced in a March 10 email from Dean of the School of Media Arts Eric Freedman, ...

Approximately seven students shared their concerns with college administrators and faculty about the recently proposed department merges during a Feb. 21 student forum.

Students voice concerns at sparse proposal forum

February 27, 2017

During a student forum for feedback on proposed departmental mergers, senior cinema art and science major Lorenzo Leyva questioned whether it would be beneficial to combine the Cinema Art and Science and Television departments. “I acknowledge that TV is evolving into a more cinema...

Majors, programs merged in School of Media Arts proposal

By Ariana Portalatin, Campus Editor

February 21, 2017

Proposals to merge several departments and programs were recently announced for the School of Media Arts in response to student input regarding obstacles to interdisciplinary study, according to a Feb. 7 email from Dean Eric Freedman. According to the emailed announcement to students, the departmental mergers currently would be scheduled to begin in the Fall 2017 Semester and include consolidation of the Communication...

Student Center funds may need back-up plan

By Editorial Board

February 20, 2017

The former Johnson Publishing Company building, an 11-story tower that housed the company that published EBONY and JET magazines and several other publications that were icons to the black community, is under consideration for Historic Landmark status, according to a Feb. 2 press release from Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Columbia purchased the building in late 2010 for an estimated $8 million, according to a June 14, 2016 Chicago Business article. Columbia planned to convert it into a library and then considered it for its proposed student resource center but decided students needed a more open space. Now, Columbia plans to use the profits from selling the Johnson building to help pay for the upcoming $50 million student center for which has hired an architecture firm to begin the planning phase completed in the 2015–2016 academic year. Now that the building is up for historic landmark status, it could be less marketable for the college because of the restrictions that go along with this designation. According to college spokeswoman Anjali Julka, the building has not been sold as of press time. Landmark status is a prestigious honor, but Columbia needs to be very conscious of whether the Johnson building can sell. If it can’t, Columbia should either halt the plans to create a new student center entirely or develop a new, less expensive concept.Though Columbia likely won’t take money out of students’ tuition to pay for the student center if the sale falls through, the administration needs to be extremely clear about how it plans to finance the building without this source of revenue.Another option is to find alternate uses for the center’s projected $50 million budget. The priority should be to fix problems students are concerned about such as getting new desks, carpets and computers and keeping tuition at the same rate every year.In its vacant state, the building is not benefiting anyone at Columbia, especially students. Though it has obvious historical significance and held in reverence by the African-American community, Columbia must be responsive to the needs of its students, which may not involve a student center. If the money isn’t available, Columbia should not even be considering pursuing it.

Ben Helphand, a featured panelist at This Land/That Land: Resistance in and Around Nature’s Metropolis, has helped create 111 gardens around the city.

City’s empty lots become flourishing gardens

February 6, 2017

Chicago’s many vacant lots, created by demolished buildings on abandoned property, blight the urban landscape, but thanks to community gardening initiatives, an increasing number are now offering residen...

'You just want your children to be happy:' How Gender Neutral Parenting is breaking stereotypes

‘You just want your children to be happy:’ How Gender Neutral Parenting is breaking stereotypes

December 5, 2016

Joanna Woods said she could see the moment her son realized something was wrong. Eight-year-old Tom was wearing a shiny, sparkly bracelet and kids at the local McDonald’s had started to stare. He wa...

Ethnomusicologist teaches Mexican history through music | The Columbia Chronicle

October 17, 2016

Retired ethnomusicologist Jesús Negrete stopped by Collins Hall in the 624 S. Michigan Ave. Building to teach students Mexican History through music.Negrete presented his “corridos” along with im...

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