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NCAA Challenged

Ihmoud's Moods

By Media Relations Editor

February 3, 2014

I'm all for challenging the status quo, but college athletes are in for an uphill battle that’ll only get steeper as they begin to fight for representation.ESPN’s “Outside The Lines”first reported ...

Cutting classes bleeds students

January 27, 2014

Planning a class schedule that fulfills graduation requirements can be difficult, but it becomes next to impossible when core classes are cancelled days before the semester starts, a frustrating reality Columbia students are beginning to face more often.The climb in course cancellations can be partially attributed to Columbia’s five-year enrollment decline, which has left some departments with too many classes and not enough students to fill them, as reported Sept. 16 by The Chronicle.Dropping classes can bandage the college’s anemic budget, but doing so based on size alone, at the expense of students and faculty who rely on them, is not responsible. The seniors particularly have reason to be nervous about course cancellations because it may force them to enroll in an extra semester at Columbia, a blow to the wallet many of them cannot take.Several attempts to contact members of the administration resulted in referrals to Interim Provost Louise Love’s office. Love said the target average for every class throughout Columbia has been raised to 15 students, the latest in a history of fluctuating class size requirements. So, not every class has to have 15 students, but if one has 10, then another has to have 20 to balance it out. Love said the deans and the department chairs have the discretion to make the final judgment on which classes to run and which to cancel. In theory, that should lead to equitable results but, to judge from student complaints, that’s often not the case. When the new provost takes office, he or she needs to address this situation and come up with a procedure that flags courses that are essential to a senior’s graduation or that are offered so rarely that students never have the chance to take them.Adding insult to injury, the under-resourced and overworked advising staff is not always available to counsel students on what to do after a key class has been cancelled. Under normal circumstances, scheduling a meeting can take weeks, and the situation is even worse during registration week. Students who want to replace a cancelled class with an equivalent requirement need to meet with a college advisor, but the advising center’s policy is to make all appointments walk-in only during registration week, which stymies many students’ attempts to reconstruct their schedules around a cancelled course. Expanding the resources for the advising center is another item for the incoming provost’s to-do list.Cancelling some classes may be unavoidable, but when it needs to be done for the purpose of the college’s budget, it should happen sooner rather than later. It’s inexcusable to both faculty members and the students who have registered for a class to discontinue the class only a few days before the semester starts. While it’s understandable that a department head would want to wait until the last minute to see if a course can meet its enrollment minimum, the ensuing stress that students experience is unfair and unacceptable. More importantly, each student should have the right to customize his or her education at Columbia, and cancelling the more esoteric classes in favor of the more popular ones limits students’ abilities to do so. Additionally, department heads should reallocate displaced students into classes that may be already full if those students need them to graduate on time. Even if the class has already met its enrollment limit, adding one or two students will not damage the small-class environment that Columbia promotes.The college has legitimate monetary reasons to cancel classes, but not at the expense of its students. Fundamental changes to the advising center’s resources and revisiting the college’s cancellation process could help students avoid choking down the cost of extra unnecessary semesters.

Admin infighting must stop

By Editor in Chief

October 21, 2013

Looking at the college’s highest–paid administrators is fun. It’s a story The Chronicle does every year, and it always gets a lot of buzz from the college community. But the Form 990s, the federal tax documents we use to figure out who tops the highest paid list, also tell a story about Columbia’s tenuous and occasionally litigious relationship with its administrators.Seven of Columbia’s 10 highest-paid administrators...

Wildcats upset Gophers, show life at home

By Nader Ihmoud

January 23, 2013

The Northwestern University Wildcats upset the No. 12-ranked University of Minnesota Golden Gophers 55–48 at Welsh Ryan Arena on Jan. 23.Wildcats Head Coach Bill Carmody went to a 1-3-1 defense during the second half, and it flustered the already struggling Gophers even more, according to senior guard Reggie Hearn.The Gophers turned the ball over 10 times during that stretch, after only committing 5 turnovers during the...

Wildcats claw back, but Hoosiers prevail

By Nader Ihmoud

January 20, 2013

The Northwestern University Wildcats were knocked in the mouth early by the No. 2 ranked Indiana University Hoosiers on Jan. 20. Although the Wildcats did not lose their spirit, the team ultimately lost 67–57 at Welsh Ryan Arena.The Hoosiers built a 14-point lead, restricted the Wildcats to a dismal 30 percent shooting and only allowed them to make 1 of 9 three-point field goal attempts during the first half. Although Nort...

Wildcats lose B1G opener, Carmody pushing for change

By Nader Ihmoud

January 4, 2013

Following the Northwestern University Wildcats' mens basketball team's 94-66 loss to the University of Michigan Wolverines at Welsh Ryan Arena, on Jan. 3, Head Coach Bill Carmody said change is imminent.The Wildcats have been known as a fast paced offense but after losing the conference opener at home in a blowout, Carmody has come to the realization that his team will no longer be successful with that type of offensive t...

Featured Athlete: Lauren Douglas

By Nader Ihmoud

November 19, 2012

Lauren DouglasAge: 18College/Team: Northwestern WildcatsLauren Douglas, a freshman forward for the Northwestern University Wildcats’ basketball team, has already obtained her first double-double and helped her team to a 2-0 start this season. She hails from Tennessee, where she played at Briarcrest Christian High School and led the Lady Saints to a shot at the state championship during her senior year. Douglas sat down wi...

Editor’s Note: Prioritize student wellness

By Heather Scroering

November 5, 2012

While some at Columbia believe the college’s artistic nature is too unique to be compared to other institutions, there’s one issue that no college campus can deny—obesity.Almost 30 percent of American college students are overweight or obese, according to the American College Health Association, so it is no longer enough to live by the old proverb, “Early to bed, early to rise keeps you healthy, wealthy and wise....

Athletes not only ones being exploited

By Lindsey Woods

October 22, 2012

Most graduating college students entering the job market will find themselves working for free. It has become commonplace for companies to shamelessly exploit desperate undergrads who will do anything they can to beef up their résumés.While I don’t agree with this practice, it’s a reality for many young people. Internships provide valuable job experience and are often the best way to break into the job market, even if...

LGBT History Month celebrated for the first time

By Dannis Valera

October 8, 2012

For the first time in Columbia history, LGBT History Month is being recognized and celebrated by the LGBTQ Office of Culture and Community.Joy Conway, the coordinator of the office, started planning for the month since the summer. This will be the first time the office gets their own month-long celebration like the other offices in Columbia’s Multicultural Affairs Office.“I thought that it would be fitting for us to hav...

No. 24 ranked Wildcats take Big Ten home opener; still undefeated

By Nader Ihmoud

October 1, 2012

Kain Colter displayed his versatility for the Northwestern University Wildcats in their 44-29 victory against the Indiana University Hoosiers on Sept. 29 at Ryan Field.Colter usually starts for the Wildcats under center but played a majority of the Big Ten conference opener as a halfback and wide receiver. Trevor Siemian, Northwesterns’ primary quarterback in the matchup, located his fellow gun–slinger nine times for 131 yards....

Have some school spirit

By Heather Scroering

September 25, 2012

My high school, an all-girls Catholic school, was often joked about by the all-boys schools in my hometown as being a “daycare” equipped with coloring books and crayons to keep us gals occupied. In reality, it was a challenging college prep school that truly pushed women who later became Ivy-Leaguers, Broadway actresses, accomplished sports players and more.Now, as a student at Columbia, I find myself hearing both insider...

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