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New security camera systems for Chicago Public Schools

By Gregory Cappis

September 6, 2011

The Chicago Public School system is installing more security cameras at local high schools, building on the successes of the cameras at a troubled South Side school.High-tech security cameras, costing $7 million, are scheduled to be operating by the end of the school year at 14 additional high schools with large volumes of past arrests and misconduct cases.Christian Fenger Academy High School, 11220 S. Wallace Ave., pilote...

Chicago Public Schools face future financial issues

By Editorial Board

September 6, 2011

The Chicago School Board recently approved a nearly $6 billion budget for2012 that closes the current revenue gap but does not plan for the $860 million deficit Chicago Public Schools officials expect by 2014.The new budget promises $100 million in not-yet-determined administrative cuts, which is a good place to start. But officials need to maintain transparency with the public about when and in what form these cuts will com...

Vague safety alerts useless

By SpencerRoush

February 14, 2011

Finally, a Columbia student responded to the Office of Campus Safety and Security alert message and said what we’re all thinking, or at least what I’m thinking.After security sent an e-mail on Feb.10, a student was able to “reply to all” and sent a message to the entire college about incident alert messages that offer little information about the suspects, like their gender, height and clothing description. The student ...

TSA focuses too much on T and A

By BenitaZepeda

November 29, 2010

Full-body scan or pat down, that is the question. The practices of the Transportation Security Administration in airports are making headlines lately. On Nov. 24, groups of travelers across the country protested by opting out of the scanning process.National Opt Out Day took place on one of the busiest flying days of the year, the day before Thanksgiving. Although as of press time this column cannot reflect the outcome of...

Fiction Writers at Lunch delayed

By HermineBloom

October 11, 2010

For the first time in 11 years, posters advertising Columbia’s Fiction Writers at Lunch program weren’t plastered on the walls of the 12th floor of the South Campus Building, 624 S. Michigan Ave.This summer, the newly appointed committee behind the First Year Experience Initiative denied the program mini-grant funding, claiming the luncheon did not exclusively cater tonew students.But despite the funding loss, Fiction Writ...

Fire damages school buildings

By Katy Nielsen

September 13, 2010

An early morning fire at 1326 S. Michigan Ave. caused the cancellation of numerous Columbia classes Sept. 7 through Sept. 10. However, quick action by a restoration company made it possible for classes to resume on Sept. 13.The fire did not reach Columbia property, but smoke consumed the entire block and infiltrated the Dance Center, 1306 S. Michigan Ave., and the Sherwood Conservatory of Music, 1312 S. Michigan Ave.Last week Co...

Columbia replaces security firm

By LauraNalin

September 7, 2009

Wackenhut Corporation, Columbia's security partner for the past five years, was replaced by Allied Barton as the college's primary security firm on Aug. 28.Allied Barton, the country's largest provider of contract security, replaced Wackenhut after its contract with Columbia ended on Aug. 16. The college met with various security conglomerates in hopes of finding the perfect fit."We developed an interview panel after we made...

More thefts over spring break

By Bethany Reinhart

April 20, 2009

During Columbia's spring break, a time that security throughout campus buildings was to be tightened, an office affiliated with the Shop Columbia store, located in the Wabash Campus Building, 623 S. Wabash Ave., was burglarized, and items totaling an estimated $2,000 were stolen, said Shop Columbia coordinator Anna Mary LeBlanc.LeBlanc said the items stolen were a Mac laptop and a Cannon digital camera that were property of the co...

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