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Professor, radio veteran gets her due

By Samuel Charles

November 22, 2010

Terri Hemmert, a longtime Chicago radio personality, Columbia adjunct faculty member and music advocate was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame on Nov. 6 in Chicago.Hemmert has worked at 93.1 WXRT-FM for more than three decades and has taught at Columbia for nearly as long. Currently, she teaches “Rock and Soul on the Radio: Roots” in the Radio Department.The National Radio Hall of Fame’s goal is to recognize...

Sears picks up bill

By Samuel Charles

November 22, 2010

Columbia’s Television Department Scholarship fund received a boost from Sears department store as a sign of thanks for students helping the company to produce a competitive cooking show. The company donated $10,000 which will go directly to the Sharon Palermo Scholarship Fund. The scholarship annually awards $4,000 to a senior in the Television Department based on professional potential and commitment.Students helped put ...

Plan-ifest 2011

By Samuel Charles

November 15, 2010

After what the college deemed one of the most successful Manifest festivals to date, ideas are in the works for the 2011 version of the urban arts exhibition Columbia prides itself on.The Manifest kickoff meeting was held on Nov. 9 at the 1104 Center, 1104 S. Wabash Ave. During the announcement, changes, improvements and preliminary plans were laid out for what people can expect at Manifest 2011 in May.Manifest 2010 saw the...

Two bomb threats in four days

By Samuel Charles

November 8, 2010

Within a span of four days, the college received what it termed as two “suspicious phone calls” leading to an evacuation of one building and a bomb sweep of another.The first incident occurred on Nov. 1, at the 618 S. Michigan Ave. Building, when a message was found on an employee’s voicemail saying, “Kill the administrative president … BOOM,” according to the Chicago Police Department report.The message was left at...

“Suspicious phone call” prompts evacuation

By Samuel Charles

November 1, 2010

Columbia’s Emergency Notification System sent alerts to students, faculty and staff informing them the 618 S. Michigan Avenue Building, 618 S. Michigan Ave., was evacuated and will be closed for the day, November 1. However, a later notification sent at 2:14 p.m. said the building will be re-opened at 5 p.m.A reported “suspicious phone call” caused the evacuation, according to the college’s messages sent out by the alert...

Putting his money where his mouth is

By Samuel Charles

November 1, 2010

In 1893, what is now Chicago’s 20th Ward was the landscape for the famous Chicago World’s Fair, which gave a look at the flourishing city and all its grandeur, but it has since become one of the most impoverished and crime-ridden neighborhoods in Chicago. Now, a Columbia alumnus is attempting to change the ward, making it safer for residents, helping the youth and creating more opportunities for those who call it home.C...

Rows of prose enthusiasts unite

By Samuel Charles

October 25, 2010

Columbia continued its mission to promote participation and a joint effort between departments for Creative Nonfiction Week.From Oct. 18–22, the event brought together three departments to share work, inspire writers and recognize talent inside and outside the Columbia community.The three departments, English, Fiction Writing and Journalism, were each represented throughout the week by speakers from various backgrounds ...

A musical master

By Samuel Charles

October 25, 2010

Peter Eldridge, a Grammy Award-winning vocalist and pianist, will be on campus this week to participate in the second series of Columbia’s Eclipse Master Class.From 5 – 8 p.m. on Oct. 29 at the 1104 Center, 1104 S. Wabash Ave., Eldridge will give an hourlong performance and have a Q-and-A segment to help students and attendees.“[The master class] is to allow students, musicians and attendees gain some insight on what an accomplished m...

Bed bugs in The Buckingham

By Samuel Charles

October 18, 2010

Bed bugs have made their presence known throughout the city of Chicago in recent months, so much so that Terminix.com ranked Chicago fifth on the list of most bed bug-infested cities nationwide. Like other Chicago residents, students living in The Buckingham, 59 E. Van Buren St., found their home had unwanted guests.The Buckingham, Columbia’s second-most expensive on-campus housing option, reported bed bugs during the week o...

Sustainability remains priority for Columbia

By Samuel Charles

October 18, 2010

On Oct. 14 Columbia hosted the Chicago GreenTown Conference, which aims to raise awareness about environmental responsibility, at the 1104 Center, 1104 S. Wabash Ave. The conference was aimed at city planners and civic audiences to promote sustainability, primarily focusing on transportation, community design and green neighborhoods.The keynote speakers at the conference were Phillipe Cousteau, activist and chief ocean corresponden...

Bike policy confusion

By Samuel Charles

October 4, 2010

As reported by The Chronicle on Sept. 27, Columbia’s administration announced a new decision regarding the bike policy by allowing bicycles to be brought into campus buildings because of the limited number of bike racks available on campus.However, there is confusion about the new rule’s parameters.The announcement, which was e-mailed to all faculty and staff as well as posted in the Student News section of Columbia’s website on Sept. 27, made no distinct...

College combats low enrollment

By Samuel Charles

October 4, 2010

After reaching an all-time high in 2008, Columbia’s student enrollment has decreased for the second consecutive year, bringing the total number of undergraduate and graduate students attending at the college to 11,922.Though a decrease of 542 students in the past two years may not seem like a big deal, the tuition revenue those students would have brought to Columbia totals nearly $11 million per year.This information, alo...

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