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Manifest 2011 Preview gives sample of what’s to come

By Samuel Charles

April 25, 2011

Columbia’s Office of Student Affairs, in coordination with the Arts, Entertainment and Media Management Department, presented a sample of the student work that will be showcased at Manifest 2011 on May 13.Four musical acts—three bands and a disc jockey—took the stage at the 1104 Center, 1104 S. Wabash Ave., with hopes of garnering excitement for Columbia’s annual urban arts festival.A class taught by Mecca Perry, ...

Communication, policies cited in Dwight RA losses

By Samuel Charles

April 18, 2011

Ten students have vacated their positions as resident assistants in Columbia’s newest student residence center, The Dwight, since the start of theacademic year.Communication issues disputed employment practices and between the Office of Residence Life and former resident assistants worsened the workingenvironment and were some reasons for the departures, according to students who’ve recently vacatedthe position.Columbia...

Columbia’s construction projects set to finish by summer 2012

By Samuel Charles

April 11, 2011

The various construction projects around Columbia’s campus have been ongoing for more than a year. And now, while two projects are near completion, more are scheduled to begin in the next few months with the intent to keep buildings in line with safety codes.The facade improvement projects being performed at the Alexandroff Campus Center, 600 S. Michigan Ave., and South Campus Building, 624 S. Michigan Ave., are scheduled to ...

Discrepancy in sex offender sentencing

By Samuel Charles

April 8, 2011

By Sam Charles, Campus News Editor & Darryl Holliday, Metro EditorKevin Fuller’s life has changed drastically since his arrest for possession and distribution of child pornography in November 2009. Currently, the former associate professor in Columbia’s Math and Science Department is serving time in a minimum to low security prison at an undisclosed location after pleading guilty to the charges.Upon his arrest, Full...

P-Fac walks the line

By Samuel Charles

April 4, 2011

Columbia and P-Fac, its part-time faculty union, continue to go back and forth, accusing each other of skewing the truth. Last week, the union took to the streets to hold what it described as an “informational” picket line to spread its message to the college community and general public.The picketing was conducted outside the Alexandroff Campus Center, 600 S. Michigan Ave., beginning at 8:45 a.m. on March 31. The goa...

Tracking Chicago’s psychedelic history

By Samuel Charles

March 14, 2011

Hoarding, acquiring or gathering—any of those terms could be applied to historian and journalist Steve Krakow and his endless mission to expand his collections.Krakow, also known by his stage name “Plastic Crimewave,” visited Columbia on March 9 at the Quincy Wong Center for Artistic Expression in the Wabash Campus Building to give insight into the not-solely-monetary value his collections have. The visit was part of t...

At first glance, offenses down

By Samuel Charles

March 14, 2011

Every year, colleges in the U.S. are required by law to circulate crime statistics deemed germane to their campus. Such numbers include on-campus assault, arson, manslaughter and drug and liquor law violations.The two most common offenses in Columbia’s annual reports from 2007 through 2009 were liquor and drug law violations. While the numbers appear to decrease, the method used to report those numbers may be misleading....

Columbia staff cuts ‘needed’

By Samuel Charles

March 7, 2011

The unforgiving economic climate has forced many businesses and organizations to shrink their staff in order to remain efficient and profitable. Columbia showed its susceptibility to market change on Feb. 28 when it announced there would be immediate cuts to the school’s 2,800-person staff.Twenty-three people were relieved of their positions. The announcement came in an e-mail to college employees from Vice President of ...

P-Fac changes legal strategy

By Samuel Charles

March 7, 2011

The college’s part-time faculty union, P-Fac, has taken steps to consolidate its efforts to gain what it calls more equitable treatment of adjuncts from Columbia.But to do so, it has withdrawn one of its unfair labor practice complaints.On Feb. 15, the union withdrew the ULP it filed in January, which alleged that the college was reducing the number of credit hours assigned to long-serving adjunct faculty members.In tha...

Cromer comes home

By Samuel Charles

February 28, 2011

Columbia welcomed a former student and professor to share his experiences as an award-winning theater director and stage actor. David Cromer, who received a MacArthur Foundation Grant in September 2010, was described by the foundation as someone “who is reinvigorating classic American plays and illuminating their relationship to the present.”Cromer, 47, came back to the college as the second speaker in this year’s in...

218 S. Wabash Building burglarized on national holiday

By Samuel Charles

February 21, 2011

A security guard stationed at the Campus Security Command Center neglected to dispatch a security patrol car or inform the Chicago Police Department for more than 40 minutes while the seventh floor of the 218 S. Wabash Ave. Building was being burglarized on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jan. 17.The seventh floor is home to Columbia’s Community Media Workshop. This is the second time the building has been burglarized in the last ...

Fiery talk from adjunct faculty

By Samuel Charles

February 14, 2011

Columbia’s part-time faculty union, P-Fac, is asserting that the college is unfairly reducing the number of classes taught by union members, some of which have been taught by the same professors for several years.In the January 2011 P-Fac newsletter, the union states that the college changed course schedules, which as a result, decreased the number of classes certain long-time adjunct faculty members can teach.“Columbia ...

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