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Carin Silkaitis—a former associate professor and head of acting in the Theatre Department at North Central College in Naperville—will take on the role of chair in Columbia’s Theatre Department Aug. 16.

New theatre chair sets the stage for social change

July 1, 2019

When Carin Silkaitis was in high school, her English instructor gave the class a choice for their final exam—they could write an essay, or perform a section of Shakespeare’s “Hamlet.” Adorn...

Six faculty members promoted to rank of professors

Six faculty members promoted to rank of professors

June 14, 2019

Six former associate professors at Columbia are celebrating their promotions to the rank of professor this summer after nearly a yearlong application process. Promoted were: Paul Catanese in the Art a...

Interim Chair of the Theatre Department Peter Carpenter will be leaving the college as of June 28 for a job at the University of Florida.

Theatre Department Interim Chair departs from college

May 15, 2019

Interim Chair of the Theatre Department Peter Carpenter announced his departure from the college. His last day will be June 30. In a May 15 email to The Chronicle, Carpenter said he was offered a po...

Communication and Media Innovation

Department merger spawns search for new chair

January 26, 2015

Nearly a year after the college’s announcement of the merger of the Advertising and Public Relations programs and the Journalism Department, an interdisciplinary committee has selected a name for the new ...


Holds on marijuana licenses will not stop HerbFront’s debut

January 26, 2015

HerbFront, a member of Elmspring’s accelerator program, is set to debut its website the first week of February. However, Gov. Bruce Rauner’s delay to issue business licenses for the distribution and c...

Durbin speaks to his supporters at Westin Hotel, 320 N. Dearborn Street in Chicago, at his election party following his victory over Jim Oberweis. 

Durbin defeats Oberweis for senate seat

November 5, 2014

Sen. Dick Durbin defeated challenger Jim Oberweis Nov. 4, becoming the first Democrat in Illinois history to win a fourth term in the U.S. Senate. Several major news outlets such as CBS2, Fox News and ...

Columbia style-maven sweeps Chicago Fashion Week

Columbia style-maven sweeps Chicago Fashion Week

October 20, 2014

Nena Ivon, a veteran adjunct faculty member in the Fashion Studies Department knows what it takes to survive in the fashion industry. Ivon served on the college’s Fashion Advisory Board when Columbia first started designing the fashion studies program and has also worked as t...

Internship fair proves vital for all students

Students speak with industry professionals at the Theatre Department internship fair on Sept. 29 in Studio 404 at the 72 E. 11th St. Building, in hopes of getting an internship opportunity with the participating companies. 

October 6, 2014

Students and members of Chicago’s theater community descended on Studio 404 in the 72 E. 11th St. Building for the college’s annual theater Fall Internship Fair on Sept. 29. The fair included about ...

College needs to think of its investors: the students

By Editor-in-Chief

September 29, 2014

As a senior, I often encounter classmates who are about to graduate and enter the professional world. Often burdened with the same fears of chipping away at mountainous student debt and finding a job related to their field, it is not uncommon for graduating seniors to care little for what will financially impact the next generation of Columbia students. However, knowing the college’s financial woes and having friends wh...

Columbia names five honorary degree recipients

Columbia names five honorary degree recipients

April 21, 2014

After Columbia’s Spring 2014 graduates stroll across the Chicago Theatre stage, they will hear words of wisdom from this year’s honorary degree recipients. The recipients include architect Jea...

Student loans mean windfall for government

February 10, 2014

While U.S. students drown in a collective $1 trillion in loan debt, the federal government reaped $66 billion in profits between 2007 and 2012 from student loans, according to a Jan. 31 report from the Government Accountability Office.While all loan programs generate some profit for lenders, the government should not fill its pockets by benefiting from student debt. The current system is operating on antiquated assumptions—nam...

Generation Y’s newfound workplace expectations

By Kyle Rich

October 8, 2012

many college graduates ask themselves what factors into their dream job, including location, job security, health benefits and being able to upload memes during office hours.The Connected World Technology Report from Cisco, an Internet and network provider, gives some insight into what Millennials find important in the workplace. The report, which surveyed 2,800 college students and recent graduates, showed surprising results. Two-thirds of college students will ask about social media policies during job interviews, and 56 percent will not accept a job from a company that bans social media. One-third said the freedom to use social media, work on the computer of their choice and have flexible work hours are more important than salary. While 70 percent think it’s unnecessary to be regularly in the office, only 25 percent think productivity increases if they work from home.These expectations seem a tad unrealistic. When did we become so entitled? With the economy as uncertain as a Chicago winter, I think we should be happy to simply get hired in our respective fields and refrain from walking out of a job interview because we can’t tweet on company time.Sure, we want to stay connected to the world outside the office, but where is the line between work and play? Would I be happy if my social media privileges were taken away tomorrow? No. But I’ll admit I would have had this commentary turned to my editors about three hours ahead of deadline if I wasn’t within arm’s reach of an Internet connection and an iPhone.So let’s say we get past the hurdle of not only finding a job that suits our qualifications, but also one that fits our needs. As we begin to enter the workforce, there will be a huge turnover rate. Approximately 50 percent of baby boomers and 25 percent of Generation Y workers currently make up the labor market, but those numbers will flip by the end of the decade, according to a report from Knoll, an office furnishing company.Millennials say an engaging workplace is more important than adequate conference rooms, while baby boomers say the exact opposite. Gen Y doesn’t show a need for face-to-face meetings and likes integrating technology with interaction. Baby boomers like to keep work and home separate. As technology advances, it will become easier to accommodate these preferences, but appeasing one side of this spectrum could cause confusion. Putting workers of varying age groups side by side and implementing new policies to boost morale seems like it could backfire.It puts gray hairs on my head to say this, but I don’t need a yoga break to do good work in an office. Give me black coffee and a desk with no distractions so I can hammer out my work and get the hell out of the office to enjoy what’s left of the day.We all would like a loose, relaxed work environment, but at what cost? Members of Generation Y suffer greatly from underemployment and are taking low-paying jobs that don’t necessarily require a college degree. More than half of recent college graduates are unemployed or underemployed, according to Millennial Branding, a research and management consulting firm. Although more than 63 percent of Gen Y workers have a bachelor’s degree, the most popular jobs among Millennials are in retail and cellphone sales—jobs that anyone with a high school degree and a little bit of patience could easily obtain. Is it that we can’t find jobs that suit our degrees, or can we not step up to the plate and accept the regimentation of a grown-up job?Sure, we are more or less expected to attend college, but now that we have these new workplace expectations, maybe students should rethink when to pursue their higher education. Perhaps 20 years down the line, it will be the norm to start college later in life.I am among millions who have gone straight from high school to college. As my own graduation date looms, the prospect of working for a year or two until finding a clearer definition of what I want out of life doesn’t sound so bad.I guess what I’m trying to get at is that work is called work for a reason. I know when I get home at the end of the day, work is the last thing I think about until I wake up the next morning. Yeah, work can suck, but with home being so great, why blend the two? It’s like drenching yourself in cologne after getting sprayed by a skunk.

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