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Student center could be ultimate group project

By Assistant Campus Editor

April 14, 2014

Columbia held its second Coffee with the President forum Feb. 26, during which students discussed the need for a space in the South Loop that would allow them to congregate and collaborate with their peers.Columbia has no school colors, no mascot, no NCAA sports teams, no Greek life and no defined campus—the only thing that unites the Columbia community is its habitual use of Franklin Gothic typeface. For an arts and media coll...

Athlete Profile: Siana Maradol

Athlete Profile: Siana Maradol

March 17, 2014

While starting up a nonprofit organization, taking 19 credit hours and holding a job sounds like a pretty full schedule, Siana Maradol still finds time to play volleyball every week.Maradol is the lib...

Students from the March 10 Wine & Canvas event, hosted at Bahama Breeze, 406 E. Golf Road, in Schaumburg, paint while drinking wine. 

Painting red with merlot

March 17, 2014

A local art class is harnessing the power of liquid courage to get Chicago artists tipsy with the tip of a brush.Scott Stephan, owner of the North Chicago franchise of Wine & Canvas, began hosting the events bec...

College communication must include sexual assault

By Associate Editor

March 10, 2014

As Northwestern University students protest their college administration’s handling of a student’s report of being sexually assaulted by a professor, the issue is gaining national attention and forcing students to examine how their own colleges deal with rape.While Columbia proficiently reports sexual assaults as mandated by federal law, the college could do more to prevent sexual assaults. The college’s current appro...

Snow melts, flood policy floats to surface

March 3, 2014

A record-breaking winter snowfall that is steadily melting has left many streets flooded and clogged gutters citywide. As warm weather arrives and spring rains begin, flooding could become a serious threat and cause expensive property damage.Flood prevention is not the city’s most pressing concern, but it is one officials should start preparing for. Mayor Rahm Emanuel made an awkward overture during a Feb. 19 press conferen...

Video Poll: Community College

February 17, 2014

For this week's video poll, The Chronicle asks students whether or not they attended community college before coming to Columbia and why they made their choice. Most said they felt they wanted the entire co...

Free community college could boost education access

February 17, 2014

Tuition and education-related fees have steadily increased in recent years, and state governments have begun debating measures to reduce the cost of higher education. In Tennessee, Oregon and Mississippi, legislators have presented plans to make community college free for two years, which could increase access to higher education but requires high standards to prevent dropout rates from increasing.The Tennessee Promise pr...

Colleges contend with social media

February 3, 2014

After pictures of a “black-themed” Martin Luther King, Jr. Day party thrown by an Arizona State University fraternity surfaced on Instagram, university administrators announced the frat would permanently lose its charter because of its inappropriate behavior, according to a Jan. 24 statement from ASU.Although the party was hosted in an off-campus apartment unaffiliated with the university and unendorsed by the fratern...

Cutting classes bleeds students

January 27, 2014

Planning a class schedule that fulfills graduation requirements can be difficult, but it becomes next to impossible when core classes are cancelled days before the semester starts, a frustrating reality Columbia students are beginning to face more often.The climb in course cancellations can be partially attributed to Columbia’s five-year enrollment decline, which has left some departments with too many classes and not enough students to fill them, as reported Sept. 16 by The Chronicle.Dropping classes can bandage the college’s anemic budget, but doing so based on size alone, at the expense of students and faculty who rely on them, is not responsible. The seniors particularly have reason to be nervous about course cancellations because it may force them to enroll in an extra semester at Columbia, a blow to the wallet many of them cannot take.Several attempts to contact members of the administration resulted in referrals to Interim Provost Louise Love’s office. Love said the target average for every class throughout Columbia has been raised to 15 students, the latest in a history of fluctuating class size requirements. So, not every class has to have 15 students, but if one has 10, then another has to have 20 to balance it out. Love said the deans and the department chairs have the discretion to make the final judgment on which classes to run and which to cancel. In theory, that should lead to equitable results but, to judge from student complaints, that’s often not the case. When the new provost takes office, he or she needs to address this situation and come up with a procedure that flags courses that are essential to a senior’s graduation or that are offered so rarely that students never have the chance to take them.Adding insult to injury, the under-resourced and overworked advising staff is not always available to counsel students on what to do after a key class has been cancelled. Under normal circumstances, scheduling a meeting can take weeks, and the situation is even worse during registration week. Students who want to replace a cancelled class with an equivalent requirement need to meet with a college advisor, but the advising center’s policy is to make all appointments walk-in only during registration week, which stymies many students’ attempts to reconstruct their schedules around a cancelled course. Expanding the resources for the advising center is another item for the incoming provost’s to-do list.Cancelling some classes may be unavoidable, but when it needs to be done for the purpose of the college’s budget, it should happen sooner rather than later. It’s inexcusable to both faculty members and the students who have registered for a class to discontinue the class only a few days before the semester starts. While it’s understandable that a department head would want to wait until the last minute to see if a course can meet its enrollment minimum, the ensuing stress that students experience is unfair and unacceptable. More importantly, each student should have the right to customize his or her education at Columbia, and cancelling the more esoteric classes in favor of the more popular ones limits students’ abilities to do so. Additionally, department heads should reallocate displaced students into classes that may be already full if those students need them to graduate on time. Even if the class has already met its enrollment limit, adding one or two students will not damage the small-class environment that Columbia promotes.The college has legitimate monetary reasons to cancel classes, but not at the expense of its students. Fundamental changes to the advising center’s resources and revisiting the college’s cancellation process could help students avoid choking down the cost of extra unnecessary semesters.

Hilton partnership furthers Wabash Arts Corridor

By Tyler Eagle

January 28, 2013

Columbia and Hilton Chicago, 720 S. Michigan Ave., have partnered to display student art on the back of the hotel.The partnership is part of the Wabash Arts Corridor project, an initiative dedicated to transforming the seven blocks worth of buildings on South Wabash Avenue, between Congress Parkway and Roosevelt Road, into a gallery of student work, according to Mark Kelly, vice president of Student Affairs.Kelly said he select...

Featured Athlete: Gaby Loera

By Nader Ihmoud

December 3, 2012

Age:21College/Team Robert Morris University EaglesGaby Loera and the rest of the Robert Morris University Eagles women’s soccer team had a rough start to the season, losing their first four games. Loera also had her own challenges, as she was recovering from a stomach cyst operation that left her struggling to rebuild her strength and hone her skills. She and the team persevered through the collective rut, winning 16 of...

Student work, professional setting

By Ivana Hester

November 19, 2012

Columbia students are not just completing projects and writing papers in their classes but also receiving hands-on experience with real companies in creative industries.Mark Klein, an adjunct faculty member in the Art & Design Department, teaches the Furniture Design course and has been preparing his students for a contest that will allow them to display their work in a real-world setting.Groovystuff, a Dallas-based f...

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