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The 2015-2016 Fashion Studies internal review included comments about the department’s demographics and the collective bargaining agreement.  

Fashion Studies report spurs P-Fac controversy

November 8, 2016

A Fashion Studies Department internal review report sparked anger within the college’s part-time faculty union because of comments noting that the majority of the department is white women older than 50, and that its collective bargaining agreement ignores teaching credentials a...

The “Stop Fashion Next” petition posted on GoPetition.com,  which had 128 signatures as of press time, includes five demands such as the halt of the proposed curricular changes, most specifically the elimination of the Fashion BFA program. 

Fashion petition demands ‘go back to the drawing board’

October 17, 2016

A petition demanding a halt to curricular changes in the Fashion Studies Department was published online Oct. 10 by an anonymous group of students and faculty.The “Stop Fashion Next” petition posted...

Enrollment at 20-year low, Provost says, ‘Keep the faith’

Final enrollment numbers for the Fall 2016 Semester published on the Office of Institutional Effectiveness’ website revealed a 9.4 percent decrease in last year’s total—down from 8,961 students to 8,120 students.

By Campus Editor

October 3, 2016

Despite predictions that 2016 would be the year of enrollment “turnaround,” official figures showed a net loss of nearly 850 students, marking one of Columbia’s largest drops during its seventh cons...

Students and faculty of the Fashion Studies Department met Sept. 30 to discuss the program’s proposed new curriculum, despite an email from chair Jeff Schiff asking faculty to not discuss changes with students

Fashion students, faculty further discuss curricular changes

October 3, 2016

Following weeks of tense meetings and discussions, fashion studies students and full-and part-time faculty unofficially met Sept. 30 to discuss changes in curriculum, with plans to prevent these changes...

The cancellation of the Fashion Studies BFA was attributed to changes in the industry and low student interest, according to a Sept. 9 email from Jeff Schiff, interim chair of the Fashion Studies Department. 

Fashion BFA program canceled via email, chair tells students ‘Don’t freak!’

September 30, 2016

Sophomore fashion studies major Carlos Osuna was sewing a project for a class when he got an unexpected email Sept. 9 announcing the cancellation of the Fashion Studies BFA program.The program, according t...

Fashion studies students discussed the future of their curriculum at a Sept. 19 “Chill with the Chair” meeting with Jeff Schiff, interim chair of the Fashion Studies Department.

Fashion students not ‘chill’ after chair discussion

September 26, 2016

Tensions ran high when frustrated students met with Jeff Schiff, interim chair of the Fashion Studies Department, to discuss the future of the fashion BFA program and proposed curricular changes at his “...

Editor’s Note: Students should be in curricular discussions, not shown the door

Editor's Note: New CFO needs to bring  financial confidence back

By Editor-in-Chief

September 26, 2016

Columbia’s students, possibly more than ones at other higher education institutions, understand the importance of their curricula and programs staying relevant to what is currently happening in thei...

Notable Native: Joyce Percel

Joyce Percel, who works for Chicago Cares, said its annual Serve-a-thon will take place on June 25. She said it is estimated to bring in 5,000 volunteers. 

By metro editor

May 9, 2016

Joyce Percel realized shortly before graduating from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign that she did not want to pursue a career with her degree in chemistry, but wanted to make a career out...

Toronto artist Sarah Keenlyside created a replica of Ferris Bueller’s bedroom from the 1986 film “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” that will be on display at Chicago’s Ferris Fest May 20–22.  

Ferris Fest—‘Anyone? Anyone?’

May 2, 2016

Ferris Bueller and his friends Cameron and Sloan made film history in 1986 by spending a day playing hooky from school, traveling around Chicago and committing crazy stunts like taking over a parade.Ho...

First time actor Ferdia Peelo-Walsh was selected for the role of Conor after a six-month hunt throughout Ireland for fresh, young talent.

‘Sing Street’: A dull coming-of-age tale told in vibrant technicolor

April 25, 2016

Set in Dublin during the 1980s, director John Carney’s “Sing Street” tells the story of 14-year-old Conor, played by newcomer Ferdia Walsh-Peelo, as he embraces the colorful world of new-wave musi...

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month celebrated through art and political discussion

April 11, 2016

The office of Asian-American Cultural Affairs hosted an event April 8 at the Averill and Bernard Leviton Gallery, 619 S. Wabash Ave. “Falling In: A Teach-In for Students from China” discussed social ...

College announces new hires, promotions

By Campus Editor

July 24, 2015

A string of promotions and newly-hired personnel have been announced during the summer that could affect several departments throughout the 2015–2016 academic year.The emailed announcements, which were sent out June 15 through July 18, detailed four faculty and staff personnel changes at the college.The moves include the appointment of Miriam Smith as executive director of Alumni Relations, Suzanne McBride as interim chair of...

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