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Multiple armed robberies near Student Center

Multiple armed robberies near Student Center

September 21, 2019

A string of at least six robberies near the new Student Center have students and local shopkeepers on high alert. Pandit Pahtak, store manager at the 7-Eleven, 801 S. State St., said he was cleaning ...

Crime advisories not  effective, students say

Crime advisories not effective, students say

May 3, 2019

After Rebecca Casey, a junior communication major, had someone attempt to steal her purse on campus Feb. 13, she immediately went to security guards in the 33 E. Ida B. Wells Drive Building to report the...

The rules have to change with the times

The rules have to change with the times

March 26, 2018

The world changes. Even though it doesn’t change as quickly or as often as many of us would like, there are few things that are the same as they were a few decades or even a couple years ago. And as the world changes around us, Col...

Security breach affects employees, family members

Security breach affects employees, family members

March 11, 2018

A data security breach resulted in the disclosure of the names and Social Security numbers of Columbia employees and their family members on IRIS, the college’s internal website. The college learned Feb. 15 that SharePoint, the search portal application used to apply for the Tu...

Annual security survey: more reports or more crime?

Annual security survey: more reports or more crime?

October 8, 2017

On-campus rapes doubled last year while drug and liquor disciplinary referrals also increased, according to Columbia’s 2017 Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. Gathered during the 2016 calendar year reporting period and released Sept. 29 in a collegewide email, it listed six...

Book shows girls embracing inner strength

Book shows girls embracing inner strength

March 27, 2017

The idea for photographer Kate T. Parker’s new book, she said, began with noticing her strongest shots were  those of her daughters being silly and wild. Wanting to share beauty, free of filters and...

MSI aims to increase youth climate change education

MSI aims to increase youth climate change education

By Eric Bradach

November 21, 2016

To help inform a younger generation on the effects of climate change, the Museum of Science and Industry received a 3-year grant of approximately $500,000 from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administrat...

IT Department acquires new endpoint security

IT Department acquires new endpoint security

November 21, 2016

Columbia students will now be safer and more secure while browsing the internet with college computers, according to Information Technology officials who acquired new a endpoint security software system. A Nov. 3 collegewide email from the Infrastructure Team stated that it is replac...

Burden of security should be put on college not students

October 24, 2016

A recent string of laptop thefts—in two cases laptops were stolen right out of students’ hands—in buildings across campus have left students questioning their safety on campus, as reported Oct. 17 by The Chronicle.The robbery victims suggested increasing the number of I.D. checkpoints on campus to prevent future crime, as reported in the article.Other city schools have implemented strict I.D. policies in their downtown c...

Overall crime and liquor issues decrease in 2015-2016 report

Overall crime and liquor issues decrease in 2015-2016 report

October 10, 2016

The college’s most recent annual crime and safety reports saw a decrease in crime collegewide, including a 40.9 percent drop in liquor violation referrals and a 35.6 percent drop in drug violation refe...

Insurance benefits slashed for non-union employees

Insurance benefits slashed for non-union employees

September 26, 2016

Full-time, non-union employees were notified of benefits cuts, effective Oct. 1, reducing the payment to beneficiaries in the event of an employee’s death, according to a Sept. 12 email from Columbia’s Hu...

Response to illegal trafficking of firearms in Illinois

Response to illegal trafficking of firearms in Illinois

June 27, 2016

Thank you for your May 9 editorial, “Illegal gun trading is not a right,” that brought attention to a new effort in the Illinois Legislature to address illegal trafficking of firearms in the s...

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