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Got mo’ money, got mo’ problems

By Brianna Wellen

September 6, 2011

In a decision that was both a practical life-planning move and a terrifying realization, I calculated the total amount of loans I’ve taken out in my college career. It was a lot of money. While I could have been financially smarter in my first years of college—more aggressively seeking scholarships, living off campus, saving a little money—the deed is now done and the next step is figuring out how to pay everything off....

Skateboarders spring up

By Katy Nielsen

April 11, 2011

On a cloudy Wednesday afternoon in April, skaters in ripped jeans and wide-rimmed hats jump their skateboards, grinding down ramps at the Wilson Skatepark. Someone wipes out on the cement, but he’s back up in seconds, trying the same trick again as his friends are cheering on his close attemptsSkateboard culture in Chicago is not solely for hipsters and punks. This scene has firmly established its presence in Chicago thr...

How to: Spike a volleyball

By Contributing Writer

April 4, 2011

by: Lisa Schulz, Contributing WriterBeach volleyball season is around the corner, so now is the perfect time to start practicing the approach and other steps needed to execute a volleyball spike. A spike is a forceful overhand swing aimed at slamming the ball to the floor of an opposing team’s court.“The approach gives all the power in the spike,” said Abby Cress, freshman fashion design major and captain of the Columbia ...

Student loans cloud future

By SpencerRoush

September 20, 2010

It’s not rare for a recent graduate to travel back to their hometown with nothing to do but pay off a monstrous debt fromhigher education.As recent college graduates move their dorm-worn furniture into parents’ garages and basements for storage, it’s time for them to find a boring retail job to make payments on their student loans.The retail sales job at the mall is definitely not what their college education was prepa...

Another option for student loans

By Editorial Board

March 29, 2010

Most students might be tempted by almost anything that may lessen the impact of student loans after graduation.The government is trying to do just that through the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act, which is supposed to lower interest rates and remove some of the burden on taxpayers.The act would amend the Higher Education Act of 1965. Some government officials say the new act will make it easier for students to pa...

Web site created for student aid

By Stephanie Saviola

March 29, 2010

Paying off student loans can be a burden for most college students, recent graduates and alumni. However, four women in Riverside, Ill., have created a Web site,, to help ease the burden.With, friends and relatives can help students pay off existing student loans.Jennifer Taylor, site creator and president of Lily’s List, helped her daughter, Lily, search for colleges. After discussing finances, she a...

Learning Studio needs more availability

By Editorial Board

March 15, 2010

After receiving criticism from some faculty and staff in late February about the lack of communication at Columbia’s Learning Studio, the center’s management has made an effort to address some of their concerns. However, there are more improvements to be made.The Learning Studio, located on the first floor of the 618 S. Michigan Ave. Building, is a tutoring facility that caters many academic departments at Columbia. In Janu...

Increase in loan availability necessary

By Editorial Board

February 16, 2009

The original stimulus bill passed by the U.S. House included a $2,000 increase in availability of Stafford student loans, but while "trimming pork" from the bill, the Senate cut a much needed provision from the final version.The current credit crunch has already made tougher restrictions on private student loans, and will likely worsen. With large numbers of students dependent on private loans to get through school, someone...

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