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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 28, 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 21, 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 7, 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

September 30, 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 23, 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 16, 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 16, 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...

Science and Mathematics Department begins second year of program

By Ivana Hester

September 9, 2012

Thanks to the addition of a new Bachelor of Arts major, Columbia graduates may have their artistic works restored by fellow alumni  100 years from now.The art and materials conservation major was launched by the Science and Mathematics Department in fall 2011 to instruct students on how to preserve and protect deteriorating pieces of art.This is Columbia’s first science major and the only one of its kind in the Midwest, acc...

While you were out

By Ivana Hester

September 9, 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...

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