The Columbia Chronicle

Chicago Public Libraries waive fines as part of amnesty program

By Mark Minton

September 4, 2012

The Chicago Public Library system is are implementing a Blue Moon amnesty program in honor of the Aug. 31 blue moon to offer patrons with overdue books a clean slate.The CPL’s amnesty program is designed to bring patrons back to Chicago’s public libraries and give them an opportunity to expunge their record and utilize all of the free services libraries offer. The “Blue Moon Amnesty” is running from Aug. 20 throug...

Love reinstates chairs

By Heather Scroering

March 19, 2012

After a campuswide outcry sparked by the recent announcement that Fiction Writing Department Chair Randy Albers and English Department Chair Ken Daley would not have their contracts renewed, Interim Provost Louise Love has taken an unexpected turn and renewed their contracts for one year.Love, who is also vice president of Academic Affairs, announced the dramatic reversal March 13 in an email addressed to faculty and staff.“...

Aram Saroyan visits, ‘Four Monologues’ bring unity

By Lisa Schulz

January 30, 2012

Despite the gloom of Russian poets’ thoughts during the Stalinist era, visiting artist Aram Saroyan could be seen smiling amid the audience as Columbia theater students rehearsed for his play’s first theatrical performance.On Jan. 25, Columbia students performed “Four Monologues,” a play based on the lives of four Russian poets, at the Poetry Foundation, 61 W. Superior St. Saroyan, a poet, novelist, playwright and bi...

Mortar Theatre creates strong foundation

By Matt Watson

April 4, 2011

With plays chronicling the struggles of minimum-wage retail workers, veterans, prisoners and Cabrini-Green tenants, the Mortar Theatre Company shines a spotlight on the untold stories of less-than-glamorous Americans. Instead of trying to connect Shakespeare’s “Richard the Third” to present day, the company puts on performances inspired by the 21st century.Mortar, which was founded in October 2009, gained momentum i...

Columbia improv group Droppin’ $cience going to Nationals

By Cristina Aguirre

January 31, 2011

With a motto like “We make your tummies hurt,” it’s no surprise Droppin’ $cience, a student comedy group, made it to the finals of the Chicago Regional for the National College Improv Tournament. The group of 10 Columbia students beat out 11 other teams, including last year’s winner, Northwestern’s Titanic Players, for the chance to compete at the February nationals in Chicago.The competition took place at Come...

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