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Relations director wants to increase student–alumni connections

Miriam Smith, executive director of Alumni Relations & Annual Giving, said she enjoys being in a creative environment like Columbia and she likes how dedicated the campus community is to its interests.

By Campus Reporter

December 14, 2015

Working in the arts has always been part of Miriam Smith’s life. Smith, the new executive director of Alumni Relations & Annual Giving who began working under the title Aug. 3, said she knew she...

CHI-TOWN LOW DOWN: Chicago’s diverse population is divided, neglected

By Managing Editor

May 4, 2015

The city’s segregation problem has been the underlying theme in most of my columns this semester because it is at the root of increasing crime, gang violence and poverty rates.Chicago is the seventh most diverse city in the U.S. However, the city is also the most segregated in the country, leaving communities sectioned off by racial demographics, according to a May 1 report, which used data from Brown...

Halftime from the Sideline

Bulls move past conference call with Bucks

May 4, 2015

In a matchup that would have made for an exciting Eastern Conference Finals pairing, the Chicago Bulls are playing the Cleveland Cavaliers in the second round of the NBA playoffs, and the Bulls’ chances...

Michelle Nance, the president of Common Ground, Columbia's LGBTQ student organization, decorates a T-shirt for the June 29 Gay Pride Parade in Chicago in preparation for Common Ground's participation in the event.

Common Ground to participate in Pride Parade

June 26, 2014

While most of Columbia’s student organizations are inactive during the summer semester, Common Ground, the college’s LGBTQ-interest organization, is still planning events.Common Ground will participat...

Society must be blunt about weed effects

By Campus Editor

April 21, 2014

As you read this, many teens and young adults are tumbling down from their 4/20 highs. However, most adolescents are blissfully unaware of the impact of puffing pot. Contrary to the stereotype that only stoners skip class to puff and pass, it is common for high school officials to find athletic and high-achieving students smoking, according to an April 11 article in the Contra Costa Times. As more teens and young adults develop a re...

The college hired two consulting firms, Resolute Consulting and Huron Consulting Group Inc., to evaluate the college’s decentralized communications and business systems. According to President Kwang-Wu Kim, both consulting firms’ reports will be used in the college’s future strategic plans.

Spring cleaning for college systems

April 14, 2014

President Kwang-Wu Kim has hired two outside consulting firms to overhaul the college’s “fragmented, uncoordinated and duplicative accounting systems” as well as its communication strategies. Kim announced in a March 17 email to faculty and staff that the college hired Resolu...



March 31, 2014

Growing up, my mom learned how to cook from her mom, a first-generation Palestinian immigrant. My grandmother cooked enough food to feed her farm town, a cooking style my mom picked up.To begin making the c...

The Miracle Machine

Still waiting for miracle

March 17, 2014

Turning water into wine was considered a miracle until the invention of a wine-making machine suggested it could be done without the help of divine intervention. This invention, as it turns out, was a h...

Colleges need to create dorm communities

By Arts & Culture Editor

March 3, 2014

Nicholas Barnes, a 20-year-old junior at the University of Chicago, was found dead in his dorm Feb. 15 after students complained about a smell coming from his room. He had been dead in his dorm room, unnoticed for several days.It had been eight days since Barnes used his university key card to enter his residence hall in the International House dorm. The cause of death is still unknown as of press time, but the Chicago Tribune report...

Grim Reaper gene determines time of death

By Brandon Smith

December 3, 2012

Your genetic code may not be able to predict how you will die, but researchers have found that it may tell you what time it will happen.A Harvard research group followed a large number of individuals’ circadian rhythms—the body’s internal clock that helps to determine sleep cycles—and found that one particular mechanism in this process was directly associated with the time of day a person dies.According to Philip D...

Climate action tour calls for fossil fuel divestment

By Brandon Smith

December 3, 2012

Fossil fuel corporations have made a powerful enemy—and he can “Do the Math.”Bill McKibben, author and co-founder of, a climate activism website, spoke Nov. 28 at the Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport Ave., as part of his nationwide “Do the Math” tour that serves as a call to action to stop environmental degradation caused by oil, gas and coal companies.Chicago was the 15th stop on the 21-city tour t...

New fitness center offers winter haven for athletes

By Brandon Smith

November 24, 2012

A new fitness center, located directly across from The Dwight Lofts, opened Oct. 23 and offers a new workout facility for students who are serious about fitness.Lacuna Fitness, 645 S. Clark St., is more of a training facility for athletes than a recreation center for casual members, according to owner Chris Spurlock. The gym is currently not open to the public to purchase memberships, but students can sign up to work with ...

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