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Carin Silkaitis—a former associate professor and head of acting in the Theatre Department at North Central College in Naperville—will take on the role of chair in Columbia’s Theatre Department Aug. 16.

New theatre chair sets the stage for social change

July 1, 2019

When Carin Silkaitis was in high school, her English instructor gave the class a choice for their final exam—they could write an essay, or perform a section of Shakespeare’s “Hamlet.” Adorn...

Four Columbia teachers achieve excellence

Four Columbia teachers achieve excellence

June 17, 2019

An instructor who combines his command of the Italian language with his love of cinematography and another who captures students' imaginations by teaching marine biology to creatives were this year's...

Gazebo Effect's self-titled album marks new era for Chicago band

Gazebo Effect’s self-titled album marks new era for Chicago band

June 13, 2019

Each live performance put on by the five-member alt-rock band Gazebo Effect begins with a round of hugs and a tuna sandwich eaten by the superstitious lead singer. With nearly three years of playin...

Stars align for genre-defying Columbia alumni band Jungle Green

Stars align for genre-defying Columbia alumni band Jungle Green

June 5, 2019

Five Columbia alumni and one School of the Art Institute of Chicago alumna became the six-piece band Jungle Green in 2016, and are now reaching new heights with their first full-length album. T...

Global Girls unite girls and boys ages 8 to 18 and teaches them theatrical performance, communication and emotional maturity skills. 

South Side after-school program promotes positive youth learning

April 18, 2016

A small, old white building with a maroon awning on Chicago’s South Side appears to be vacant from the street view. But a look behind its closed doors reveals a bustling interior.Walls are lined with pi...

Freshman journalism major Kevin Droniak came to Columbia with on-camera experience in the form of a YouTube channel with almost a half-million subscribers.

Youtuber Kevin Droniak uploads new chapter

September 21, 2015

Connecticut native and freshman journalism major Kevin Droniak may seem like a typical college student, but at the age of 18, he has already become an Internet sensation.Droniak’s YouTube channel, t...

The Center for Research Libraries offers resources that libraries usually do not offer, said Virignia Kerr, spokeswoman for CRL.

Columbia joins Center for Research Libraries

September 8, 2015

Columbia’s library, 624 S. Michigan Ave., is adding “one more jewel in the crown” of its resources with a membership in the Center for Research Libraries starting in the Fall 2015 Semester, ...

Ally Durbin

Featured Athlete: Ally Durbin

February 9, 2015

Ally Durbin, a sophomore art + design major from Muncie, Indiana, will be leading Columbia’s newly formed softball team this spring with co-captains Alexis Knox and Cassidy Lucas. Durbin stepped up as ...

E.D. visits relating to synthetic cannabinoids skyrocket

E.D. Visits

By Assistant Sports & Health Editor

December 1, 2014

Despite the major differences between synthetic cannabinoids and marijuana, people are increasingly turning to the synthetic drug in search of a legal high, but the consequences could be dangerous.The to...

Sound Off: Beyoncé’s questionable re-release far from flawless

By Managing Editor

December 1, 2014

Beyoncé dropped her surprise visual album just before midnight on Dec. 12, 2013, an act that caught fans and the industry as a whole off-guard.  The self-titled album was her fifth full-length album, and it came without any type of warning. By the time the album dropped, most fans had either forgotten about her promised release or given up hope that it would arrive any time soon after being strung along with false promis...

Esposito called ‘future of comedy’

Esposito called ‘future of comedy’

By Assistant Arts & Culture Editor

November 24, 2014

Standup comedian Cameron Esposito’s life changed forever on the night of Oct. 3, 2013.After nailing her short set during her first televised standup performance on “The Late Late Show with Craig Fer...

Graphic cigarette warning labels reduce smoking rates


By Assistant Sports & Health Editor

November 24, 2014

In an effort to reduce cigarette consumption, Canada became the first country to mandate graphic warning labels depicting the negative effects of smoking on cigarette packaging in 2001. Since then, the co...

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