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Foster wins over Biggert

By Ivana Hester

November 6, 2012

Screams and shouts fill the room as Bill Foster takes the stage after his 11th District victory over Judy Biggert, who has served as a member of Congress since 1999.It was a close race, with Foster taking an immediate lead. It has become clear that the district's democratic bend worked out in Foster's favor.Foster's liberal platform, which includes a pro-choice platform and support for marriage equality, won the favor of the ...

Update from Bill Foster campaign, 11th District

By Ivana Hester

November 6, 2012

District 11 has been redrawn, making this year’s race between Republican candidate Judy Biggert and Democratic candidate Bill Foster is a tight one.This win would mark Fosters return to Congress, and as he was an Illinois representative for the 14th Congressional District from March 2008 to January 2011 when he lost to Randy Hultgren.Foster stands firm on issues such as improving the economy, creating jobs and increasin...

Columbia creates culture of sustainability

By Ivana Hester

November 5, 2012

Columbia’s Sustainability Task Force welcomed student input during an open meeting Oct. 30 at the 33 E. Congress Parkway Building.One of the topics discussed at the meeting, which three students attended, was the updated Sustainability Roadmap published by the college Oct. 15. The original plan, which was published in August 2011, outlined a five-year strategy to lower greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The revised map upd...

Columbia’s 24-Hour Night brings students together in Halloween fashion

By Ivana Hester

October 29, 2012

Skinny jeans weren’t the only thing that caused chafing at Columbia’s annual 24-Hour Night, held Oct. 25–26.The event, touted as “Halloween, Columbia style,” was hosted by several student organizations and included a mechanical bull riding competition, a pumpkin carving contest, scary movie screenings and the Creepy Coming Out Ball sponsored by Common Ground, Columbia’s LGBTQ club.Lynsey Mukomel, a marketing manager...

GOING UNDER BY DEGREES

By The Columbia Chronicle

October 22, 2012

by Heather Schroering, Editor-In-Chief and Ivana Hester, Assistant Campus EditorThe median annual income of recent Columbia graduates lags far behind that of other colleges’ alumni, nearly $7,000 below the national median for those in the arts and media fields and $5,000 below the median for all recent U.S. college graduates, a Columbia survey shows.In fall 2011, the college surveyed 2,500 Columbia alumni who graduated wit...

Two Columbia students create video game with positive message

By Ivana Hester

October 8, 2012

Video games are sometimes criticized for obscene or vulgar content, but two Columbia students have created a socially conscious game that encourages players to step outside their comfort zone—literally.“A Fitting” is an interactive video game meant to parallel the real life challenges of people who struggle with societal acceptance, according to creators, Amanda Dittami, interactive arts & media alumna, and Blair Kuhlman, senior IAM major.Dittami ...

Columbia participates in ‘Tartan Arts in the Avenue’

By Ivana Hester

October 1, 2012

Colossal golf balls served as canvases for several Columbia students, alumni, faculty and staff members whose artwork is displayed on Michigan Avenue in conjunction with the 2012 Ryder Cup, an international golf tournament played Sept. 25–30 in Medinah, Ill.The exhibition, “Tartan Art on the Avenue,” began Sept. 15 as part of a larger campaign developed by the Ronald McDonald House Charities and the Illinois PGA Found...

Acclaimed alumni to visit Columbia

By Ivana Hester

September 24, 2012

With the fifth annual Alumni Weekend right around the corner Sept. 27–30, students and parents’ will have the opportunity to meet some of Columbia’s successful graduates and former students.Highlighted events include a  Sept. 29 writing panel featuring some of Columbia’s most accomplished alumni. Dino Stamatopoulos, Art Baltazar and Mark Protosevich are all working in careers they dreamt of as kids.Stamatopoulos, k...

Campus building gets a ghostly facade

By Ivana Hester

September 17, 2012

Renovations to the 618 S. Michigan Ave. Building are coming to an end, and the innovative facade is almost complete.The new design features a ghostly image replicating the original terra-cotta front designed by William Carbys Zimmerman in 1913. Close inspection reveals the design is composed entirely of miniature birds etched into glass panels.According to Alicia Berg, vice president of Campus Environment, it was 2004 alumnus...

Bubble campaign bursts onto campus

By Ivana Hester

September 17, 2012

Columbia students might have noticed a colorful addition to the campus’s hallways, stairwells and street level windows, courtesy of a new effort to help them connect to each other and potential employers and internships.The Portfolio Center has launched a campaign to pique student curiosity in Talent Pool, a website that helps students and alumni collaborate and share their portfolios. Nearly every campus building now has...

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...

Columbia Crawl welcomes community

By Ivana Hester

September 10, 2012

A flash mob, student performances and galleries were only some of the festivities at the Columbia Crawl that welcomed students to the campus on Sept. 6.The college’s annual art crawl, which previously featured only gallery exhibitions, was expanded this year to showcase multiple disciplines in an effort to highlight the campus’s broad artistic community. The more than 20 events included the unveiling of a mural on Wabash and Balbo avenues, the Albert P. Weisman Award Exhibition and the Beats and Greets open house for the student-run radio stationWCRX-FM.The goal was to make the crawl an inclusive event that welcomed returning students and invited new students in, said Mark Kelly, vice president of Student Affairs. He said he wants the event to become as central to the college as other annual events, such as New Student Convocation, which ushers in the academic year for freshmen, transfer and graduate students, and Manifest, Columbia’s annual urban arts festival.“The thinking behind [the Columbia Crawl] is [modeling it after] every strong college community that has its rituals and has its moments when the college community comes together,” Kelly said. “It’s a part of what defines strongacademic communities.”Students had the opportunity to experience several interactive art exhibits and performances held at various venues on campus and in the streets to give students an idea of what Columbia has to offer,Kelly said.“Laying Out the Bones: Great Lakes Installation” in the Sculpture Garden at South Wabash Avenue and East 11th Street was a continuation of the One Million Bones project, created by a group of activist artists who held a workshop at Columbia last school year in which students crafted ceramic bones by hand. The installation featured a portion of the 25,000 ceramic bones made in the Great Lakes region, said Neysa Page-Lieberman, director of Exhibition & Performance Spaces. The project’s founders hope to raise awareness of genocide through the exhibits, which will culminate in spring 2013 with the installation of 1 million ceramic bones in the National Mallin Washington, D.C.The Peek-a-Boo show, hosted by the Department of Humanities, History and Social Sciences at Stage Two in the 618 S. Michigan Ave. Building, previewed the department’s upcoming events, such as the “I Love the ’90s Tribute Show,” the Cultural Fashion Show and Columbia’s Got Talent.Another event featured the unveiling of a mural by 2005 alumnus Nino Rodriguez at George’s Lounge, 646 S. Wabash Ave., as part of the Wabash Corridor, a long-term project to promote the college’s presence in the South Loop.“[The mural] is just like everyone in the neighborhood,” Rodriguez said. “Everyone is a different shade of color, and they all flow in different ways. I kind of wanted to express that in [my] design.”Ani Katz, a graduate student in the Photography Department, said she enjoyed the Weisman exhibition, which displayed comics, sculptures and other artworks from students who received the award.“If I were an incoming freshman, I would definitely be excited to get a taste of everything that is going on in the community, [especially] in the arts community, [to] see the different work that students are making,” Katz said.Emily Love, a freshman arts, entertainment, and media management major, said the Columbia Crawl helped her see what organizations and events are offeredon campus.“This is definitely appealing to my major,” Love said. “I’m trying to pay attention to what is going [around campus] in hope to get my foot in the door.”In an effort to move forward from last year’s grueling prioritization process, Kelly said he wanted to start the new school year with a bang and welcome back students witha celebration.“When we become cohesive as a creative community, we become more powerful,” Kelly said. “We offer our students a deepening of their learning, and we encourage a strongstudent community.”

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