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Six years for Kevin Fuller

By Samuel Charles

February 11, 2011

Former Columbia science professor Kevin Fuller was sentenced to six years in prison after he was convicted of possessing and distributing child pornography.He plead guilty to possessing more than 100 images of sexually explicit acts being performed on prepubescent children, many of them infants.The sentence was handed down by U.S. District Judge Ruben Castillo on Feb. 9 at the Everett McKinley Dirksen Courthouse, 219 S. Dear...

Former professor sentenced to six years

By Samuel Charles

February 9, 2011

Former Columbia science professor Kevin Fuller was sentenced to 72 months of incarceration after being convicted of possessing and distributing child pornography. He possessed over 100 images of sexually explicit acts being performed on prepubescent children, many of them infants.The sentence was handed down by Judge Ruben Castillo on Feb. 9 at the Everett McKinley Dirksen Courthouse, 219 S. Dearborn St.Castillo opted to give ...

Ugandan LGBTI advocate brings somber message to Columbia

By Samuel Charles

February 7, 2011

Within a week of fellow Ugandan lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex advocate David Kato’s murder, Frank Mugisha brought a sobering message to Columbia during his Jan. 31 visit.At the Ferguson Lecture Hall in the Alexandroff Campus Center, 600 S. Michigan Ave., Mugisha told students that because of the Ugandan government’s strictly conservative anti-homosexual policies, he and other activists have banded together to form Sex...

Crime at, around Columbia prevalent despite security office’s reassurances

By Samuel Charles

January 31, 2011

Columbia’s Office of Campus Safety and Security only minimally adheres to the Jeanne Clery Act, a federal law that requires all higher education institutions participating in federal aid programs to disclose certain pieces of information regarding campus crime.Between Aug. 29 and Dec. 31, 2010, there were 41 thefts on campus property reported to security, an average of one theft every three days. But none of the seven C...

Columbia’s athletic struggles due to lack of finances, playing space

By Samuel Charles

January 31, 2011

Columbia’s Athletic Department was founded less than 10 years ago, and while sports have been integrated into the curriculum in various academic departments, the college’s club sports continue to try to gain awareness, recognition and respect.Athletes at the college face an array of challenges, predominantly with finances and logistics. The budget for the college’s club teams combined is $8,000 per year, which all comes from student activity fees. However, there is a limit to how much of the budget each team i...

Student rises above to get his message across

By Samuel Charles

January 24, 2011

Chip Duggan, a 25-year-old interdisciplinary arts graduate student, wasn’t used to city life before he moved to Chicago from his hometown in Alexandria, N.H., a town with less than 2,000 residents. The drastic change in environment drove Duggan to reconsider his decision to come to Chicago, but he was able to find his version of peaceful wilderness by climbing city structures and documenting it through his ongoing project “...

New leadership in Columbia’s Office of Business Affairs

By Samuel Charles

January 24, 2011

After Columbia’s former Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Business Affairs Michael DeSalle stepped down from the position he held for 22 years at the end of the fall 2010 semester, the college acted within a week to find someone to fill the vacancy. Patricia Heath, a principal partner at the executive services firm Tatum, was named interim CFO and vice president of Business Affairs until the assigned committee...

Student adorns White House

By Samuel Charles

December 13, 2010

Christmas at the White House has a rich tradition, dating back to 1856 when President Franklin Pierce decorated the first Christmas tree in the presidential home. This year, one Columbia student was able to make his mark by helping decorate.Alexander Schneider, 23, senior theater major, was one of 97 volunteers selected to help put up Christmas decorations for the White House’s annualholiday celebration.Schneider and thousands of other Americans mailed in letters ap...

P-Fac voters stay the course

By Samuel Charles

December 6, 2010

Members of Columbia’s adjunct faculty union, P-Fac, showed their satisfaction with current contract negotiations by electing members of the negotiations team to the union’s Steering Committee, further demonstrating the rift between opposing factions within the union itself.Both contract negotiations—one regarding the Photography Department’s controversial course-credit reduction, as well as a 1 percent pay raise—...

Fundraiser brings out faculty, staff talent

By Samuel Charles

December 6, 2010

More than a dozen acts performed at Stage Two in the 618 S. Michigan Ave. Building, on Dec. 2 in an effort to raise money forColumbia students.“Columbia’s Got Talent,” a talent show organized by the Faculty and Staff Scholarship Initiative, was put on to assist Scholarship Columbia efforts. As of press time, the fundraiser brought in more than $13,000.“[Scholarship Columbia] is a way to get both the internal and external c...

Student ready to fight fires

By Samuel Charles

November 29, 2010

The wildfires that spread throughout southern California last summer destroyed much of the area’s natural landscape, and now college students nationwide including one Columbia student, will help with the rebuilding and reconstruction effort.Glenn Madigan, sophomore art and design major, will participate in the Liberty Mutual Responsible Community Scholars Project, an initiative aimed at helping to replenish the Angeles National Forest after wildfires burnt 120 acr...

Big names making big bucks

By Samuel Charles

November 29, 2010

Brought on by economic woes, Columbia’s top administrators’ salaries remained static during the 2008–2009 fiscal year, according to the 990 tax form, which the Internal Revenue Service requires all nonprofit educational institutions to file.Once again, President Warrick L. Carter was the leading salary earner, pulling down $330,885, and Zafra Lerman, former head of the Science Institute, was second, with $244,861. Ler...

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