The Columbia Chronicle

Enrollment goes down, retention picks up

By Campus Editor & Assistant Campus Editor

February 17, 2014

Columbia enrolled 471 fewer students this semester than it did in the spring of 2013, a loss the administration anticipated because of similar losses in the fall. The college’s total enrollment dropped 4.9 percent from spring 2013 to spring 2014, but freshman retention rates went up, meaning more students are choosing to continue at the college, according to a Feb. 10 report from the Office of Institutional Effective...

Chicago presents myriad ‘Nutcrackers’

By Alex Stedman

November 26, 2012

In 1816, German author E.T.A. Hoffmann wrote “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King,” a mystical tale about a young girl and her toy nutcracker’s endeavor to defeat a malevolent seven-headed rodent ruler.It would later inspire the libretto for Tchaikovsky’s cherished “The Nutcracker” suite, first performed in 1892 and now a Christmas staple. Chicago’s array of ballet and music venues have produced multiple renditio...

Neo-’60s heartbreak artist

By Emily Ornberg

November 19, 2012

Kirby Kaiser’s vintage style of music transports listeners to a time of sugary pop melodies seasoned with retro, doo-wop harmonies. Her music may even be mistaken for that of ’60s girl groups like The Supremes and The Shangri-Las. Kaiser, however, is a 19-year-old Boystown resident.Inspired by heartbreak, Kaiser started writing music in high school after Fiona Apple’s songs helped her through boy troubles. She issued her...

Frequency of attack ads more impactful than message

By Kyle Rich

November 5, 2012

Political advertisements can be a powerful weapon for embattled candidates. Some attack policy, while others are more personal. But a new study suggests that it isn’t the content of negative political ads that make them effective but the waythey’re presented.Juliana Fernandes, an assistant professor at the University of Miami in Florida who specializes in political communication, supervised the study, which will be pub...

Skatalites continue to jam

By Alex Stedman

October 21, 2012

Band breakups are all too common, but some bands stay active for decades.Since its formation in 1964, Jamaican ska band The Skatalites has released 15 studio albums and had a number of lineup changes after a few band members died.The current members—Lester Sterling, alto saxophone; Doreen Shaffer, vocals; Azemobo Audu, tenor saxophone; Andrae Murchison, trombone; Kevin Batchelor, trumpet; Val Douglas, bass guitar; Natty ...

Economic circumstances weigh on cultural events in Chicago

By Chris Loeber

April 29, 2012

Residents and visitors alike will enjoy live music in Chicago’s parks and sample the city’s culinary prowess at local food festivals this summer, but a tight budget might thwart the continuity of some events coordinated by the city.As the city evaluates its festival and event programming as part of an initiative set forth by Mayor Rahm Emanuel in 2011, “challenging times” may influence which special events will cont...

Cutting print editions of college newspapers disservice to campus

By Gabrielle Rosas

April 15, 2012

Research conducted by the Pew Research Center in 2010 showed that the print newspaper is slowly becoming a nostalgic item. Approximately half of U.S. citizens get their news online, preferring the mobility and accessibility of an iPad or laptop. In fact, 44 percent of people who took the survey said they get most of their news from the Web or on a mobile device. The future of the mainstream media lies in the post-digital ag...

P-Fac threatens complaint

By Lisa Schulz

March 11, 2012

Columbia’s part-time faculty union, P-Fac, is threatening to file an unfair labor practices complaint with the National Labor Relations Board on grounds that the college has refused to provide bargaining dates to resume negotiations for a labor contract with the administration.The administration offered an extended contract proposal Dec. 19, 2011. P-Fac has not formally responded to the proposal but has been highly critical of ...

No results yet from three-day NLRB trial

By Lisa Schulz

February 20, 2012

After two years of contract negotiation between Columbia and its part-time faculty union, a trial to resolve alleged unfair practices has again resulted in a waiting game.The three-day public trial was held Feb. 6–9 by the National Labor Relations Board at 209 S. LaSalle St. from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Robert Ringler, an administrative law judge, said a verdict is expected later.Annice Kelly, vice president of Legal Affairs and Ge...

College Council votes to dissolve

By Lisa Schulz

November 7, 2011

Only one attendee objected to the discontinuation of the College Council that will take effect on Dec. 1—its self-proclaimed oldest member, Mark Kelly, vice president of Student Affairs. A torrent of laughter followed a quick, baffled moment of silence before he announced that he was kidding.The College Council began dissolving the minute the meeting started on Nov. 4 in the Hokin Lecture Hall in the Wabash Campus Building...

Questions raised, not salaries

By Lisa Schulz

October 23, 2011

President Warrick L. Carter and Louise Love, interim provost and vice president of Academic Affairs, announced in emails this week that falling enrollment eliminated the possibility of across-the-board raises for full-and part-time faculty and staff members for the 2011–2012 academic year.Cautioning that the school was “not in a crisis situation,” Carter stated that the decision resulted from a 300-student decrease i...

P-Fac complaint charges Columbia

By Lisa Schulz

October 16, 2011

In an official complaint issued Sept. 30, the National Labor Relations Board charged Columbia with unfair labor practices against P-Fac, the college’s part-time faculty union.The complaint alleges the college refused to collectively bargain with the union, specifically mentioning Louise Love, interim provost and vice president of Academic Affairs, who "threatened that she would no longer meet informally with union represe...

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