The Columbia Chronicle

Carter creates change

By Alexandra Kukulka

October 29, 2012

President Warrick L. Carter was Columbia’s highest-paid employee in the 2010–2011 fiscal year with an income of $351,205, according to the college’s most recent Form 990, an annual tax document all nonprofit institutions and organizations must submit to the U.S. Internal Revenue Service.Carter’s salary decreased from the previous fiscal year because he received a $45,000 bonus in 2009, compared to a $3,384 bonus in ...

“La Bamba” visits campus for first CITA event

By Alexandra Kukulka

October 22, 2012

“La Bamba,” a 1987 biopic about the late rock ‘n’ roll musician Ritchie Valens, celebrated its 25th anniversary with Columbia when its three lead actors came to the college to chat with students.Esai Morales, Elizabeth Peña and Lou Diamond Phillips visited the college for two events on Oct. 15 and 16, at which they discussed the film’s cultural significance with students and members of the Hispanic community. On Oct. ...

Let conversations begin

By Ivana Hester

October 1, 2012

Columbia’s Conversations in the Arts, will kick off Oct. 16 with a reunion of “La Bamba” cast members Esai Morales, Elizabeth Peña and Lou Diamond Phillips as part of Columbia Night at the Chicago International Film Festival the evening is presented on behalf of the School of Media Arts.This year’s CITA keynote speakers also include Debbie Allen, noted for her work on the TV show “Fame;” and broadcast journalis...

‘Grease’ creator offers scholarship

By Senah Yeboah-Sampong

September 24, 2012

Jim Jacobs has got bills—dollar bills—and the co-creator of the musical “Grease” is about to make them multiply for students.Jacobs visited Columbia Sept. 18 to finalize plans with the college for two eponymous scholarships for musical theater students starting in fall 2013.“What am I going to do with this bread?” Jacobs said. “Why don't I give it to the needy children's fund of Chicago. That would be Columbia Col...

While you were out

By Ivana Hester

September 10, 2012

Columbia College doesn’t stop getting recognized while students are away on summer vacation. Here’s what you missed while you were out.Hair TriggerHair Trigger, the Fiction Writing Department’s literary magazine, received a gold medal for its 34th issue from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association. Since its third issue in 1979, which also received first prize from the CSPA, the magazine has received a total of 30 a...

Historic building to house Columbia’s futuristic library

By Alexandra Kukulka

September 10, 2012

As students settle into their new dorms and academic departments, Columbia’s library is entering the planning phase of a new project.The college purchased the Johnson Publishing Co. building, 820 S. Michigan Ave., for $4.75 million in November 2010, creating space for a new “technological” library. This addition, expected to open in fall 2015, will geographically connect the campus and serve as a meeting ground for s...

Final thoughts, Michael Beschloss

By Alexandra Kukulka

March 12, 2012

With the G8 summit moving to Camp David, the Illinois primary on March 20 and the Republicans campaigning for electoral votes, politics are in the spotlight. Columbia is staying on the trend with its last event in the 2011–2012 Conversation in the Arts series hosted by the school of Liberal Arts and Sciences.Presidential historian, author and political commentator Michael Beschloss discussed presidential courage March 8 at the...

Columbia admins need to prioritize procedure

By Editorial Board

February 27, 2012

In the midst of Columbia’s prioritization process, emotions can run high. With long-standing and successful programs like the Radio Department looking at an uncertain future, the college community is truly in a state of unrest.But sometimes unrest is needed, as exemplified by the comments of Vice President of Student Affairs Mark Kelly.In his executive summary released last week, Kelly’s proposals included consolidati...

Top tier admins tiff over territory

By Heather Scroering

February 27, 2012

As the prioritization process moves up the hierarchy for approval, two higher ups have been jousting about the future of Columbia—specifically how the college should be marketed and who should do it.The war of the words began Feb. 1 when Mark Kelly, vice president of Student Affairs, filed his summary of recommendations for ranking programs in his unit as part of the yearlong prioritization process. Along with Kelly, all vice ...

Scholarship Columbia breaks records

By Alexandra Kukulka

February 27, 2012

Impressing teachers can benefit a student’s grades and connections to the professional world. At Columbia however, faculty members have the option to support and finance a student’s education if they so choose.Scholarship Columbia, a faculty and staff donation scholarship, has raised $547,287 in support and awards for the 2012–2013 school year. Beginning Jan. 16, 2011, the fourth giving cycle of the Scholarship Columbia progra...

Pious project procures prize

By Alexandra Kukulka

February 13, 2012

Young children who come from Catholic families often attend Catechism, a class where they learn about the Bible and the important figures in it. It can be difficult to remember every detail, but revisiting it is a way to do so. For Columbia students, getting creative and artistic is another way to keep from forgetting.In January, the Dance Center received a 2012 Joyce Award of $50,000 to commission choreographer Reggie Wilso...

Four alumni recognized at Sundance

By Alexandra Kukulka

February 6, 2012

Lights, camera, action! Each February, thousands of people rush to Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah, to experience the film festival of the year. Those who attend discover the newest talent in documentary, dramatic and short films, while sitting in on panel discussions according to the festival website.This year, four Columbia alumni were recognized at Sundance. Zak Zeman, 2008 film and video graduate, was t...

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