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Seven staffers laid off following termination of Columbia Online

Seven staffers laid off following termination of Columbia Online

July 17, 2020

After a May announcement that the program would be cut due to pandemic-related financial burdens on the college, the Columbia Online program concluded in June, resulting in staff layoffs. Lambrini Lu...

Nick Hoeppner, president of the United Staff of Columbia College union and an engineer in the Radio Department, said the union was not aware of the layoffs prior to the announcement, unlike previous years.

Staff layoffs product of collegewide budget issues

June 6, 2016

More than 15 staff members of the college were notified May 31 that their positions had been eliminated due to budgetary constraints, despite no prior warning to the college's staff union.Nick Hoeppne...

Higher education caught in the crossfire

Illinois budget impasse—Higher education caught in the crossfire

April 4, 2016

Darren Martin knew he wanted to attend school at Chicago State University because it was the place he spent his summers at 13 years old. Martin came from a single-parent home and, to keep him away from...

Uptown residents: new apartments will gentrify neighborhood

This 381 residential unit building was proposed to be built at 4400 N. Clarendon Ave. with approximately 31,000 square feet of commercial space. 

By metro editor

February 16, 2016

Preliminary approval for zoning and financial assistance for a mixed-income apartment complex has sparked protests from residents in the Uptown neighborhood who cite a lack of housing and assistance for t...

Communications gap evident among college administrators

By Editor-in-Chief

September 21, 2015

At the start of the academic year, many students are strapped for cash and in need of a campus job that can work around their class schedules. Campus jobs are a staple at every academic institution and provide not only a source of income but are often also educational opportunities housed within the students’ home department.The money from these campus jobs is often used to pay for books, tuition, fees and other expenses that go back...

Residents attended a movie night put on by the Sunnyside Mall Committee over the summer. 

Sunnyside Mall project adds spark to Uptown

September 14, 2015

Some longtime Uptown residents are working to bring unity and culture to one of Chicago’s most diverse neighborhoods.Starting with a “tactical urbanism” installation—the practice of making low...

Taylor Swift: Lots of songs, little growth

By Alex Stedman

September 4, 2012

If you haven’t heard country singer Taylor Swift’s catchy new tune, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” here are the basics: It’s about one of her ex-boyfriends, and they’re never, ever, ever getting back together.While breakup songs have been a staple for most musical genres, there’s a fine line between art and tabloid fodder that Swift seems to have no problem crossing. Many of her songs come across a...

Photo aides cut out of the picture

By Lisa Schulz

September 26, 2011

A “large number” of student workers in Columbia’s Photography Department were dismissed for the fall 2011 semester because of budget constraints. The department’s annual budget was reduced by 30 percent. The Photo I academic course and the darkroom lab experienced the largest number of layoffs throughout the department.The majority of the cuts were in classroom aides who offered assistance to students with questions a...

Budget trouble hurts students

By Editorial Board

April 18, 2011

The college’s Theater Department recently laid off 11 student work aids in areas such as lighting, props and costumes because of budgetary shortages. Students received little warning that the cuts were happening. The layoffs directly hinder the department’s ability to put together student productions, which are an integral learning experience for theater students.Laying off student employees in the middle of a semester ...

Tigers talk ‘Burrows’

By Luke Wilusz

December 13, 2010

Local indie rockers Carbon Tigers made quite a name for themselves the past year. They won the Chicago Regional College Battle of the Bands in April and tied for third place at Columbia’s Biggest Mouth competition—four of the five band members are Columbia students. They played at Subterranean, 2011 W. North Ave., on Dec. 11, to celebrate the release of their new EP, “The Burrows.” Bassist Aaron Sweatt, singer Chris Wienke...

Notice the distinct lack of smoke filling Sports Fans bar and restaurant in Bettendorf, Iowa.


October 31, 2009

I started slowly this morning - with a case of what I call "Dragon Ass". I was seriously dragging ass, as it were. I left the house a little before 9am, bought overpriced gas and started what would be a l...

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