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Governor Signs Landmark Legislation on Women’s Equality Day to Guarantee Women the Right to be Both Mothers and Employees CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today announced he has signed a landmark new law that will fight the widespread but often overlooked practice of discrimination against pregnant women in the workplace. The law provides job protections for pregnant women and requires that reasonable accommodations be made in the workplace so expectant mothers can continue working without fear for their health or the health of their child. Today’s action is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to ensuring full equality for women in Illinois.

Quinn signs maternity bill

September 8, 2014

Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation on Aug. 26 that will protect and guarantee pregnant women’s rights to employment. Quinn collaborated on the bill with State Representative Mary Flowers and State Senator...

‘Captain America’ ends brutal winter with summer blockbuster action

Captain America

By Josh Weitzel

April 14, 2014

Marvel Comics’ ever-expanding movieverse has been impressive since its arrival on the big screen six years ago and what makes “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” successful is its contribution t...

The winner of the Sprite Films Fan Favorite competition will win $5,000 for the college’s film program. Cinema art + science graduate student Robert Forney’s short film, “Thirsty Enough,” landed him a spot among five other finalists chosen from 135 applications.

Columbia students ‘Thirsty Enough’ for Sprite

April 7, 2014

For the second year in a row a Columbia film has been selected as a finalist in the Sprite Films competition, which gives student filmmakers national exposure. Cinema art + science graduate student Robert Forney’s short film “Thirsty Enough” is one of the six finalists chosen ...

Liberal arts degrees contribute billions to US economy

Liberal arts degrees contribute billions to US economy

March 31, 2014

Just when you were beginning to think your liberal arts degree was useless in the current economy, new statistics suggest otherwise. Data from the National Endowment of the Arts and the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis show that the arts and cultural production industry added a...

New major offers students hands-on approach to ASL

March 10, 2014

Columbia’s American Sign Language-English Interpretation Department added a Deaf Studies major this semester, the only program of its kind in the Midwest.Unlike the department’s current ASL-English I...

Notable Native: Vanessa Buccella

Vanessa Buccella

By Assistant Metro Editor

February 17, 2014

Vanessa Buccella grew up in a small Arkansas town and always dreamed of living in a big city. After she was accepted to New York University’s film school, she realized she could not attend because of fina...

Story Week receives 3-year grant

By Megan Purazrang

January 24, 2013

Columbia’s Fiction Writing Department was granted new funding support for this semester’s Story Week Festival of Writers, an event that draws a diverse group of writers to the campus to help student writers find a voice through readings, conversation and author Q-and-As.Beginning this semester, the department will receive $9,000 annually until 2016 from the MacArthur Fund for Arts and Culture at The Richard H. Driehaus Foun...

Independent publisher survives against odds

By Alex Stedman

November 26, 2012

In an industry rife with change, some publishers have struggled to maintain profits in the digital age. Random House and Penguin, two of the world’s biggest publishers, announced Oct. 29 that they are merging to stay afloat. But small presses are less vulnerable to these pressures because they cater to artists, not stockholders.Jotham Burrello, an adjunct faculty member in the Fiction Writing Department, founded Elephant Rocks Bo...

Popular fiction tops CPL’s most-read list

By Emily Ornberg

November 19, 2012

John Milton, Homer and William Shakespeare have nothing on E. L. James and Suzanne Collins.Chicago Public Library patrons are stepping away from the classics in favor of contemporary fiction, according to the most recent statistics from the City of Chicago Data Portal. Eighteen of the 25 most popular fiction titles at CPL were published in 2012, and only four were published before 2010, the report showed.Topping the list ...

Personal becomes political at Creative Nonfiction Week

By Senah Yeboah-Sampong

November 12, 2012

Columbia’s annual Creative Nonfiction Week, which had a political theme inspired by the Nov. 6 presidential election, took place Nov. 5–8 in the 33 E. Congress Parkway Building.According to Garnett Kilberg-Cohen, a professor in the English Department and director of the Creative Nonfiction program, the week of events began in 2001 as a way to draw interest to the concentration and encourage collaboration between the E...

Carter announces final recommendations, holds listening forum

By Lindsey Woods

May 26, 2012

By Heather Schroering and Lindsey WoodsWith only one step left in the year-long prioritization process before implementation, President Warrick L. Carter published his program recommendations in a 98 page document called "Blueprint for Action" to Columbia's website on May 22.While some of the document was similar to the previous Academic Team's "One Columbia" recommendations, some of Carter's suggestions were incongruent ...

Studying abroad broadens horizons

By Lisa Schulz

April 16, 2012

In three weeks, the spring 2012 semester will be history. Summer 2012, on the other hand, a time to study history—the foundation of Columbia’s overseas study program’s curriculum.For the program’s annual summer trips, approximately 12 students will pack up their bags and check Prague and Florence off their study destination wish lists. The Florence trip lasts from June 28–July 28 and is hosted by the Fiction Writing ...

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