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Mental health reform bill creates accountability

By Editorial Board

December 14, 2015

fter mass shootings, political commentators are quick to point fingers at the possible causes of violence. Some blame graphic video games and lax gun laws. Others say America’s mental health system is responsible for letting those who need help most slip through the cracks. However, a new bipartisan bill seeks to reform the mental health system to prevent those with mental illness from turning violent or suicidal. The Helpin...

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...

Focus group demonstrates how college can improve

By Editorial Board

December 7, 2015

On Nov. 4, the college brought in a focus group of nine recruiters and managers from various professions who hire Columbia students and alumni, as reported on Page 3. The participating employers answered a range of questions about the students’ performance and skills in the workplace. Most of the responses were negative.Feedback from the focus group said Columbia students are “too self-absorbed” and “can’t take construct...

Education bill should aid disadvantaged students

By Editorial Board

December 7, 2015

ince George W. Bush signed the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 into law, it has been heavily criticized by teachers, education leaders and parents for overtesting students, limiting teachers’ freedom to modify curricula and inadequately measuring student success. Lawmakers hope to revise NCLB through the Every Student Succeeds Act, released on Nov. 30. The House of Representatives and the Senate will vote on the Every Stu...

Sex work not safe for college students

By Copy Editor

November 30, 2015

Posts on Craigslist’s talent section often leave little to the imagination, offering quick and easy work for young women with a big cash payout. One ad looking for porn actresses even goes so far as to offer women a bonus if they can provide a valid college ID, indicating the demand for young women in porn is high.College students, who often struggle to balance classes and work while maintaining their sanity, are the No. 1...

Communication, interviews will continue to become more difficult

By Editor-in-Chief

November 30, 2015

When the campus community read The Chronicle’s Nov. 23 Front Page story about the quiet cancellation of Story Week, one of the college’s most prominent literary events for nearly two decades, there was a sweeping outcry among students and faculty.The week the story was published included ripples of disappointment expressed through conversations in the college’s hallways and through social media comments and online share...

Columbia Students recite poems about love and life | The Columbia Chronicle

November 23, 2015

Columbia's Point BL_NK Poetry Club hosted its second open poetry mic Nov 16. at the 623 S. Wabash Ave. Building. Many poets expressed their thoughts on life, addiction and love. Point BL_NK's special gu...

Christopher Chraca, a senior in the Music Technology Program, showed prospective students what people in the program have been creating in their classes during an open house event on Nov. 9 in the 33 E. Congress Parkway Building.

New program combines music, science

November 16, 2015

The college’s graduation ceremony in May 2016 will include Columbia’s first student to graduate with a bachelor of science degree in music technology. The degree is granted through the recently establi...

Birthday party of General Assembly was celebrated on Nov. 5 at 640 N. La Salle St.

Made in Chicago Week highlights city’s influential entrepreneurs

November 9, 2015

Entrepreneurs celebrated their accomplishments with General Assembly Chicago, which offers classes and workshops in business, design and technology, by ringing in the institute’s first anniversary Nov...

Transfer students want more from Columbia

November 9, 2015

Columbia’s Student Government Association is known to listen to and tackle the concerns of students around campus. Now, transfer students say there’s a lack of communication between them and their advis...

44th Ward Alderman Tom Tunney passed an ordinance  that restricts where food carts can operate.

Aldermen to limit food cart operations

November 9, 2015

Coming on the heels of the City Council’s legalization of food carts on Sept.24, Alderman Brendan Reilly (42nd Ward) and Alderman Tom Tunney (44th Ward) have succeeded in implementing restrictions on w...

Fans question Beyoncé’s LGBT community support

By Managing Editor

November 9, 2015

Voters in Houston failed to approve a proposed equal rights ordinance Nov. 3 that would have marked an LGBT victory in the state of Texas.The Houston Equal Rights Ordinance  (HERO) would have prohibited discrimination based on a number of characteristics, including sexual orientation and gender identity. However, the bill failed to pass after 62 percent of the public voted against it.Opponents of gay marriage used fear tact...

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