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Chicago citizens primed for ‘Amazon Tax’

Amazon

By Metro Reporter

February 9, 2015

With the grace period for a new law having ended Feb. 1, Amazon will now be collecting sales tax from Illinois customers. Revisions made to the state Use Tax Act now mandate that out-of-state retaile...

John Wawrzaszek (center) accepted the Gold Level Campus Sustainability Compact Award based on the various environmental efforts the college has initiated on campus.

Columbia wins gold for going green

November 17, 2014

In a world evermore concerned with environmentalism and green energy, Columbia is considered at the forefront of sustainability. The college received a Gold Level Campus Sustainability Compact Award Oc...

Kim reimagines innovation as a group-think

Kim reimagines innovation as a group-think

May 5, 2014

President Kwang-Wu Kim’s State of the College address, presented to the Columbia College community on April 18, was a careful blending of innovative plans and practical considerations about the ...

About fUGGin’ time

By Sophia Coleman

November 5, 2012

Sorry sorority girls, but I’ve heard glorious news: The era of UGG boots may finally be coming to an end.The company reported Oct. 25 that sales are down 31 percent and it plans to slash prices. A pair of the sheepskin atrocities currently costs between $135–$200, a hefty price for marshmallow-shaped feet soaked in winter slush.“The worst is yet to come,” Sam Poser, an analyst at brokerage firm Sterne Agee, told the Huffington Post ...

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...

High art: Artists explore link between drugs, creativity

By Emily Ornberg

November 5, 2012

The first drawing in Bryan Lewis Saunders’ sketchbook was a self-portrait created for a design course during his sophomore year at East Tennessee State University. When he was finished, he decided the remaining class assignments were pointless because he had discovered what he wanted to do for the rest of his life.Since March 30, 1995, Saunders, 43, has created more than 8,700 self-portraits using varied textures, tools ...

Administration cans recycling program

By Ivana Hester

September 4, 2012

Recent changes to the Recycling Program mean that the  custodial staff, rather than students, will now be collecting recyclable materials on campus.Despite the program’s success, the administration felt the program needed revision to better benefit the students, according to Alicia Berg, vice president of Campus Environment. The program will now focus on sustainability instead of sorting recyclable material.“I think i...

Recycling Program a victim of prioritization

By Tyler Davis

September 4, 2012

The formerly student-run Recycling Program will be seeing some staffing changes this year. Students will no longer be sorting recyclable materials, a task that will now be performed by the school’s custodial staff. The program was created by students and will still have student involvement, but it remains uncertain whether they will continue to have a say in how recycling is carried outon campus.Students started the recy...

Recycling Program salvages 178.5 tons of waste

By Heather Scroering

April 16, 2012

While the college has referred to the Recycling Program in its sustainability plan as “arguably the most robust sustainability-related program at Columbia,” the 10-person operation has been recommended for reorganization since the beginning of the prioritization process.Though the program faces possible staff cuts and decreased funding, the student-operated organization recycled approximately 48 percent of waste on campus...

Earth, worms, rats feed off compost

By Lisa Schulz

November 14, 2011

Earth wasn’t the only consumer benefiting from Columbia’s compost project launch in August 2011. Rats were also curious to explore the mix of fresh sandwich scraps, apple cores, leaves, soil and coffee grounds. But as winter arrives, critters shouldn’t.The Recycling Outreach Program’s new compost project was first put into action at Columbia events, like new student Convocation. College cafes were added to the food wa...

Reuse, expand, recycle: plastic bag intiative

By Lisa Schulz

October 3, 2011

In a vast room cluttered with various creations of reused materials, a dumpster piled high and green plastic bags stuffed with balled-up grocery bags towered over Neale Baldyga, who brandished the master machine that removes contaminants from recyclables: his hands.Despite the dirty work, Baldyga, Colu-mbia’s recycling outreach coordinator, and the nine-member recycling program staff continue to encourage students to contr...

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