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CFAC ratifies labor contract

CFAC ratifies labor contract

May 15, 2019

Columbia's part-time faculty union and the administration have signed a labor contract, with 95% of union members voting to ratify the contract, according to CFAC President Diana Vallera. Ratificat...

Some union members feel ‘in the dark,’ others feel administration lacks respect for CFAC

Some union members feel ‘in the dark,’ others feel administration lacks respect for CFAC

April 16, 2019

With the part-time faculty union prepared to strike amid disagreements with college administration over a new labor contract, some students are upset at the possibility of canceled classes, and some un...

Editor’s Note

Editor’s Note

April 21, 2014

This campus is definitely not what it was three years ago when I first moved to Chicago. Shops have closed and chains have opened; walls have been painted and buildings have been torn down—and even burned down—and countless faculty and students have left the campus, deciding this school just wasn’t for them.And although Columbia’s adopted motto, “Create Change,” is something many of us joke about or mock, it’s absolutely fitting. Our students are breaking the mold, our teachers are doing the impossible by working in their fields full-time and also teaching part-time at Columbia, the South Loop community where we reside is quickly becoming a burgeoning neighborhood in the city and the college is progressively working to stay in touch with the way media shapes our lives.So to follow the South Loop and Columbia’s lead, The Chronicle is making a few changes itself to better serve you—our readers. The City Beat section has changed to Metro, which will bring you the latest in developing stories from across the Chicagoland area; the Arts & Entertainment section is now Arts & Culture, keeping you in touch with the people who surround you and the art that inhabits our spaces; and the Campus News section, now Campus, will discuss not only news on Columbia’s campus, but also the issues that affect you as a college student.The idea behind The Chronicle, to become the voice of the Columbia community, hasn’t changed—it’s just being amped up a bit. In our Commentary section, the new Back Talk section will allow you as students and faculty to briefly address your concerns or offer praise via e-mail. Letters to the Editor are still highly encouraged, as many issues just can’t be addressed in less than 75 words.And while you’re e-mailing your Back Talk submissions, please notice the overhaul of The Chronicle’s website. It has become clear in the past few years which direction publications and media are taking, and The Chronicle has decided to follow the same path. Throughout the semester, the website will feature videos, podcasts, blogs, slideshows, articles available only online, breaking news updates and comment capability for readers to comment and give feedback directly on each article. The print edition of The Chronicle has always been an outlet for students to voice their opinions, and now our website will expand this opportunity for feedback to both The Chronicle and Columbia.Perhaps the most notable addition to The Chronicle is the presence of the newspaper on the streets of the South Loop. Twenty free-standing outdoor newsstands are scattered throughout the South Loop, in front of Columbia campus buildings and South Loop establishments, to further demonstrate the importance of the culture Columbia radiates in the South Loop community.For new students who haven’t been around long enough to witness all of these changes: Don’t worry, this community will keep growing and changing. You’ll be able to look back at your first year and remember how things once were. And for returning students: Welcome back. It may not look like the community we first arrived in, but the ideals behind it haven’t changed a bit.

Food movement sparked by professor

Food movement sparked by professor

March 10, 2014

What started as an illegal but harmless chicken farm in a Columbia professor’s backyard is now a Chipotle-sponsored documentary about where food comes from.“Food Patriots,” produced by Groundswe...

Enrollment goes down, retention picks up

Enrollment goes down, retention picks up

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 dro...

Wildcats’ offensive slump continues against Hawkeyes, lose big at home

By Nader Ihmoud

January 13, 2013

Filed under Sports

According to senior guard Alex Marcotullio, frustration is “pretty high” in Evanston, following the Northwestern University Wildcats (10-7 [1-3]) 70-50 loss to the University of Iowa Hawkeyes (12-5 [1-3]) at Welsh Ryan Arena, on Jan. 13.Although both teams shot terribly during the first half, Iowa managed to build a 10 point lead thanks in part to the Hawkeyes 14-4 run to end the half. The Wildcats had two stints, each ...

Quinn cancels union contract

By The Columbia Chronicle

December 3, 2012

Filed under Metro

a move that has shocked unions across Illinois, Gov. Pat Quinn terminated the state’s contract with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 31, the state’s largest public employee union, on Nov. 20.The union had been in contract negotiations with the state since its contract expired in June, but failure to resolve issues regarding retirement benefits and health care for union members ha...

Skatalites continue to jam

By Alex Stedman

October 22, 2012

Filed under Arts & Culture, Video

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 ...

CTU strike hits the streets full force

By Dannis Valera

September 11, 2012

Filed under Metro, Multimedia, Video

After announcing it late Sunday night, the Chicago Teacher Union (CTU) went on strike Monday morning. The CTU members rallied outside of the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) Central Administration Building. Clad in red shirts, teachers, students and allies marched through the streets of downtown Chicago."Chicago Teacher Union" "CTU" "Strike" "Demonstration" "Protest" "Teachers" "Teacher" "Education" "Negotiations" "Students" "C...

Top highlights of 2011–2012

By Heather Scroering

April 30, 2012

Filed under Campus

Blueprint prioritization process:The yearlong prioritization process, which the college implemented last June to re-allocate funds and evaluate the strength of every academic and business program within the college, has been the talk of the campus all year. Two committees of faculty and staff members­—one focusing on academics, the other on business—were created to guide the process. No program escaped scrutiny, as each ...

P-Fac threatens complaint

By Lisa Schulz

March 12, 2012

Filed under Campus, CFAC

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 ...

Second level program rankings complete

By Heather Scroering

February 13, 2012

Filed under Campus

As the semester zooms further into February, the prioritization process is keeping up the pace as the Support and Operations offices completed the second phase of the Program Information Request rankings.Ranked by the vice presidents of each program, PIRs were scored using the identical criteria to what was used by the associate vice presidents who first ranked the forms, as previously reported by The Chronicle on Jan. 17. ...

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