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Columbia alumna gives voice, laughs to women of Chicago

Columbia alumna gives voice, laughs to women of Chicago

December 11, 2017

Kelsie Huff, a standup comedian and 2003 theatre alumna, has created a voice for Chicago women in comedy by providing opportunities for women in a typically male-dominated industry. Originally from Richmond, Illinois, Huff came to Columbia to study radio but soon discov...

Do students know what they’re picketing for?

Do students know what they’re picketing for?

December 4, 2017

Though I support the right to lawfully and peacefully protest what groups believe are injustices, as a student, I cannot place my full support behind the Nov. 29–30 part-time faculty union walk-out and strike. During my time at Columbia, I have had many classes taught by adjunct ...

Part-time faculty union members voted 213-8 to join the Service Employees International Union Nov. 29, according to Diana Vallera, P-Fac president and adjunct professor in the Photography Department. 

Part-time faculty vote to join new parent union

December 5, 2016

Clapping and laughing could be heard outside of a classroom in the 624 S. Michigan Ave. Building as members of Columbia’s part-time faculty union counted affiliation votes to join the Service Employees International Union. With 213 votes in favor and 8 votes against, union members...

The 2015-2016 Fashion Studies internal review included comments about the department’s demographics and the collective bargaining agreement.  

Fashion Studies report spurs P-Fac controversy

November 8, 2016

A Fashion Studies Department internal review report sparked anger within the college’s part-time faculty union because of comments noting that the majority of the department is white women older than 50, and that its collective bargaining agreement ignores teaching credentials a...

Harvest Fest to create cornucopia of community

Chef Paul Kahan said he and fellow Chicago chef Stephanie Izard planned Harvest Fest to bring West Loop residents and businesses together.

By Arts & Culture Reporter

September 26, 2016

Fulton Market’s first-ever Harvest Fest will bring the autumn spirit to the West Loop while  fundraising for a local charity. The festival, which debuts Oct. 2 and is organized by local chefs Paul Kahan and ...

Diana Vallera, an adjunct professor in the Photography Department and part-time faculty union president, said the college needs to better compensate its adjunct faculty in light of a study conducted by Graff, Ballauer & Blanski, a local public accounting firm, on behalf of P-Fac.

P-Fac calls for improved budget transparency from administration

April 25, 2016

A study commissioned by P-Fac, the college’s part-time faculty union, found only 13 percent of funding for all salaries and wages at the college goes to adjunct faculty, who teach 48 percent of the col...

The Part-Time Faculty Union led by Diana Vallera, an adjunct professor in the Photography Department and P-Fac president, won its case March 24.

P-Fac wins years-long case against college

April 11, 2016

The National Labor Relations Board has ruled in favor of the college’s Part-Time Faculty Union in a dispute over whether the college was within its rights to cut the number of credit hours taught by...

Pro-immigrant rights activists blocked a major Loop intersection, demanding Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) cease raids and deportations in the U.S.

Immigrant advocates halt Loop traffic, demand end to deportations

February 24, 2016

An activist coalition condemning a nationwide wave of deportations shut down the eastbound highway entrance ramp outside the Chicago Field Office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, at 101 W. Cong...

“The Artists Monument” is made of two enamel-filled etched acrylics on plywood mounted on two steel shipping containers with almost 400,000 names of artists known and unknown.

Artists leave mark in Grant Park

February 1, 2016

Chicago is already home to hundreds of artists, but nearly 400,000 more may soon join the city—at least in name.Tony Tasset, an artist and professor in the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Art Dep...

Tanya Harasym and Clint Vaupel, full-time staff members who teach, stand in support of about 55 others seeking representation from P-Fac.

Full-time staff and P-Fac disagree on union inclusion

November 23, 2015

Full-time staff members who teach at the college are calling for representation by Columbia’s part-time faculty union but are facing pushback from members of the adjunct union’s steering committee, accordi...

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US of CC continues fight for cost-of-living increase

November 23, 2015

after three years of bargaining with the college, Columbia’s staff union still may not see cost-of-living raises in its upcoming contract, according to statements made by President and CEO Kwang-Wu Kim ...

Response to coverage of  P-Fac’s vote-of-no-confidence

Response to coverage of P-Fac’s vote-of-no-confidence

October 12, 2015

We are writing in response to your Front Page story of Oct. 5, “P-Fac: ‘No confidence’ in college administration.” The story is biased, unfair and an attack on P-Fac. The paper takes the angle of...

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