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Editor's Note: School of Media Arts buries its lead

Editor’s Note: New CFO needs to bring financial confidence back

December 12, 2016

As reported on the Front Page, the college has completed its national search for a new vice president of Business Affairs and CFO. Jerry Tarrer, who will be assuming the position in January 2017, comes...

Jerry Tarrer, who will assume the senior vice president of Business Affairs and CFO position on Jan. 17, 2017, will replace Richard Dowsek, who held the position on an interim level during Columbia’s national search. 

College hires new CFO after national search

December 12, 2016

Following a series of short-term chief financial officers and a nearly eight-month national search, President and CEO Kwang-Wu Kim announced in a Dec. 6 email that Jerry Tarrer is the new senior vice president of Business Affairs and CFO. Tarrer is currently the associate vice chanc...

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College cuts ‘non-strategic’ items, looks for more places to save

November 7, 2016

Department funding continues to fall while overall administrative expenses rise and a multi-million-dollar cash flow is being used to fund the Strategic Plan, according to the college’s officia...

Rebecca Hallstedt, senior interactive arts & media major, held a discussion Nov. 3 in the 916 S. Wabash building, to help students prepare for the annual Game Developers Conference held in February.

Students prepare for annual gaming conference

November 7, 2016

Interactive arts & media students got the opportunity to learn about the world's largest professional game industry event and how they can make the best of their experience at a Nov. 3 student discussion hosted by senior interactive arts & media major Becca Hallstedt. The...

At the open mics hosted by Weegone Records, running several events until Dec. 13, anyone can perform for the label, but college participation is encouraged. 

Chicago record label helps produce creative community

October 17, 2016

Getting noticed by a record label is an elusive dream for most performers, but local students will have a chance to impress producers in an upcoming series of college open mic nights. Weegone Records, ...

CPS should offer more meaningful solution to budget crisis

September 19, 2016

The Chicago Teachers Union is threatening to strike in October, which would be the fourth time it has done so since 2012 although this year, the key issue is restoring funds to the schools, not raising teachers’ salaries.Chicago Public Schools is calling a strike unnecessary and unlikely and has shown it is willing to compromise by offering the union a raise, but CTU is insisting that the continuous decrease in school funds...

Michelle Gates

Five years, five CFOs

February 29, 2016

Michelle Gates, vice president of Business Affairs and chief financial officer, has left the college just one year and nine months after being hired in June 2014. Her last day was Feb. 26, according to a ...

Nonprofit aims to help artists manage student debt

Nonprofit aims to help artists manage student  debt

By Campus Editor

December 14, 2015

As mounting student debt generates a national conversation, a Columbia alumnus aims to help artists pay off loans, afford rent and continue to pursue their passions.Derrick Trumbly, a 2005 theatre alumnus...

Mike Hadreas’ stage persona, Perfume Genius, released his debut album Learning in 2010. His popularity has since grown and in his new album Too Bright, Hadreas explores his bigger sound with confidence.

Perfume Genius flaunts new confidence

October 13, 2014

Mike Hadreas has never been shy about sharing the darkest parts of himself on record.Hadreas, who performs as Perfume Genius, released Too Bright on Sept. 23. A captivating album that remains powerful th...

Alzheimer’s study targets memory loss reversal

Alzheimer's study targets memory loss reversal

By Assistant Sports & Health Editor

October 6, 2014

Alzheimer’s disease, which affects more than 5 million Americans, is a neurological disorder for which there is no cure, nor has the cause of the disease been identified. However, memory loss, a major...

Less fundraising, more problems

By Associate Editor

May 5, 2014

Columbia needs money. While most of the college’s funds come from tuition, which is set to rise by 3.3 percent in the fall, philanthropy can also help alleviate the current $1.5 million deficit. But a departed chief fundraiser  and a sweeping out of his staff put Columbia’s ability to bring in the big bucks on pause. Patrick Sheahan, former vice president of Institutional Advancement, the department charged with fundraising, ...

The college hired two consulting firms, Resolute Consulting and Huron Consulting Group Inc., to evaluate the college’s decentralized communications and business systems. According to President Kwang-Wu Kim, both consulting firms’ reports will be used in the college’s future strategic plans.

Spring cleaning for college systems

April 14, 2014

President Kwang-Wu Kim has hired two outside consulting firms to overhaul the college’s “fragmented, uncoordinated and duplicative accounting systems” as well as its communication strategies. Kim announced in a March 17 email to faculty and staff that the college hired Resolu...

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