The Columbia Chronicle

Election night party at Conaway Center

By Senah Yeboah-Sampong

November 6, 2012

The music began blasting through the Conaway Center's doors the minute they opened. Students were treated to a pizza dinner prior to a performance of "The Star-spangled Banner," and SGA President Cassandra Norris announced hourly updates on the status of the presidential race.Actors impersonating Mitt Romney, Barack Obama and their wives jibed one another and hammed it up with attendees through a mock debate and an impromptu d...

Charlie Weber no longer ‘Underemployed’

By Trevor Ballanger

October 21, 2012

Young adults graduating from college often have big dreams and glittering expectations for their futures, although working at an entry-level job is a more realistic picture. This rings true for the characters of MTV’s latest scripted series, “Underemployed,” which premiered Oct. 16.Actor Charlie Weber plays Todd, a Chicago businessman who becomes a love interest of Daphne, an unpaid intern played by Sarah Habel.While ...

Presidential party, open invitation

By Yuliana Quinones

October 21, 2012

With the election just a few weeks away, organizations across the country are working to raise voter awareness. Columbia is following this trend by improving on its past efforts to get students involved in politics.A number of Columbia organizations will join forces on election night to throw a large viewing celebration called the Presidential Party. Like campus events such as 24 Hour Night and Holipalooza, Columbia’s w...

More transparency, please

By Heather Scroering

September 4, 2012

As a tuition payer who has virtually been handing over her family’s wallet to Columbia for the past three years, I feel like a pretty important component of this institution. However, if I hadn’t spent the last year digging my nose into the college’s business, I’d feel rather in the dark about what’s going on with my $100,000-plus investment.Of course I’ve received very lengthy and explanatory notes in my Loop inbox ...

Voter registration offers new choice

By Senah Yeboah-Sampong

September 3, 2012

The Student Government Association and the Office of Student Engagement launched a 50-state voter registration drive at Columbia Aug. 30 during U-Pass distribution on campus in anticipation of the 2012 presidential election in November.The groups have partnered with the League of Women Voters to register students both in state and out of state, according to SGA President Cassandra Norris.Some Columbia students might not b...

State of the College Address

By Heather Scroering

April 1, 2012

In his first appearance before the Columbia community in several months, President Warrick L. Carter gave two State of the College addresses within two days, first to a small but sporadically hostile group of students, then to a larger but more subdued audience of faculty and staff.The student address was hosted by the Student Government Association March 21 in The Loft, 916. S. Wabash Ave. Building.Carter delivered his 3...

Health clinic suspends testing

By Lisa Schulz

February 27, 2012

Students who missed celebrating February as National Condom Month can still receive testing for sexually transmitted diseases, but they’ll have to travel off-campus and possibly pay their own way.For the first time in five years, the Student Health Center in the Residence Center, 731 S. Plymouth Court, posted a notice that HIV and STD testing was suspended for the spring 2012 semester because of budget cuts from the free ...

City balancing act

By Vanessa Morton

February 21, 2012

As thousands of protesters, delegates and reporters descend on the streets of Chicago this May during the G-8 and NATO summits, the city must find a way to handle the volatile mix without showing a repressive side to the public.Hoping to bask in the spotlight as it hosts both summits for the first time, Chicago plans to use the opportunity to boost its status as a world-class city and give an exponential boost to its econo...

Far to host Wii Fit Night

By Nader Ihmoud

November 14, 2011

The end of the semester is approaching, and students can find themselves overwhelmed by school-related stressors. Columbia’s Fitness, Athletics and Recreation group is inviting students to Wii Fit Night to forget their worries.FAR will host the event on Nov. 17 at The Loft in the 916 S. Wabash Ave. Building, from 6 – 8 p.m. Event Coordinator Megan Smith said there will be only one Wii game console available. Two to fou...

International student body reaches 200

By Heather Scroering

September 25, 2011

Columbia’s international student body has reached a new high with approximately 20 new students coming in this semester from abroad.Last semester, the international student count was 186. This semester, it’s 209, according to Gigi Posejpal, director of International Student Affairs.“They are able to explore [at Columbia],” Posejpal said. “They’re able to approach individuals to ask questions and find people who are willi...

Students speak out on prioritization

By Heather Scroering

September 25, 2011

The question of student involvement in the prioritization process was clarified at the Sept. 15 town hall meeting at Film Row Cinema of the 1104 Center when an attendee asked President Warrick Carter if students would participate in the decision-making process.There will be no direct student involvement, said Johann Lindig, consultant with the Academic Strategy Partners who will be guiding the process throughout the year. However...

Bookstore needs to update shelves

By Editorial Board

December 12, 2010

Textbooks cause headaches for most students twice a semester. Prices are always too high and buyback rates are never high enough. It’s hard to justify spending $150 on the latest edition of a book required for a class when there is no guarantee it can be sold back next semester. It’s no surprise many students get books elsewhere—prices are almost invariably cheaper, even more so when considering Chicago’s sales tax.The bo...

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