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Jane Ann Ganet-Sigel (left), founder of Columbia’s Dance/Movement Therapy & Counseling Department, now known as the Creative Arts Therapies Department, died Jan. 27 after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. Susan Imus (right) is now the department chair.

Dance therapy pioneer dies at 87

February 10, 2014

Jane Ann Ganet-Sigel, wife, mother, professor and founder of Columbia’s Dance/Movement Therapy & Counseling Department, died in her home Jan. 27 at age 87 of complications from Parkinson’s disease. She is survived by her husband, Melvin Sigel, and her children Marcey Si...

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Potato-crust quiche

February 3, 2014

During high school, it was just my mom, my little brother and I, and because my mom worked full-time, it often fell on me to cook dinner. For a year or so, we ate really simple meals, and then I reali...

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.

The 2009 H1N1 virus, commonly known as swine flu, continues to spread among young adults across the United States as flu season hits its peak

Young adults at high risk for flu

January 27, 2014

Young adults are at higher risk of being hospitalized by the flu this year than during the last flu season.The elevated risk stems from the re-emergence of the H1N1 virus, which caused the 2009 “swine flu...


January 27, 2014

Foxy and Squeaky — Diana SalataHumans are Gross — Ines VuckovicLimbo — Ariadne HumpalMeowica —  Javier Suarez and Robert WaspOctober the Witch — Liz ElstonShort Stories — Kamilah JonesThat Indiana Girl — Bryanna DibuonoEdited by Chris Eliopoulos View the websites for each contributor by clicking the link on their name....

Featured Artist: Deavondre Jones

January 24, 2014

He calls it "DanceSpire." Deavondre Jones, a junior arts, entertainment & media management major, mixes dance, marketing and motivational speaking into one package that he hopes will inspire people to...

Low enrollment, high hopes, cagey college

By Campus Editor

September 16, 2013

Despite a 5.6 percent decrease in enrollment from last fall, expected to cause an $11 million loss of revenue, Columbia’s administration remains optimistic aboutits numbers.In a Sept. 10 report posted on IRIS, a faculty web portal, by the Institutional Effectiveness office, a new department that tracks college data, 601 fewer students are enrolled this year than at this time  last year. Columbia’s total number of stude...

Wildcats’ offensive slump continues against Hawkeyes, lose big at home

By Nader Ihmoud

January 13, 2013

According to senior guard Alex Marcotullio, frustration is “pretty high” in Evanston, following the Northwestern University Wildcats (10-7 [1-3]) 70-50 loss to the University of Iowa Hawkeyes (12-5 [1-3]) at Welsh Ryan Arena, on Jan. 13.Although both teams shot terribly during the first half, Iowa managed to build a 10 point lead thanks in part to the Hawkeyes 14-4 run to end the half. The Wildcats had two stints, each ...

City Council approves 2013 budget

By The Columbia Chronicle

November 19, 2012

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s 2013 budget proposal was passed overwhelmingly during a City Council meeting on Nov. 15 by a vote of 46-3.The $6.5 billion budget, which comes to $8 billion when grant funding is added, is the second Emanuel has drafted since he took office and focuses on expanding schools and on structural reform among the city’s departments.“We need to ensure that we are not only righting our fiscal ship, but [th...

Wildcats Improve to 8-3, Return Home for Season Finale.

By Nader Ihmoud

November 17, 2012

EAST LANSING, Mich.- The Northwestern University Wildcats defeated the Michigan State University Spartans 23-20, despite being without Kain Colter and Venric Mark for a large portion of the game on at Spartan Stadium on Nov. 17.The Wildcats' defense forced four turnovers, did not allow the Spartans to convert on any fourth downs and held them to three scores on six red zone appearances."Our defense had their backs against t...

8th district update: Duckworth defeats Walsh

By Contributing Writer

November 6, 2012

Angleica Sanchez, Contributing WriterAfter one of the more controversial campaigns of this election season Democrat Tammy Duckworth, a disabled Iraq war veteran in her second run for Congress, defeated Republican Joe Walsh to represent the 8th Congressional District in Illinois.In the last days of the election, Walsh continued to receive funds, including a last-minute $1 million for ads against Duckworth’s increasingly aggress...

Athlete Profile: Anna Martin

By Kyle Rich

November 5, 2012

Anna Martin, senior guard for the DePaul Blue Demons women’s basketball team, was nominated Oct. 18 for the 2012-–2013 Preseason Big East Player of the Year award. This year marks her final season with the Blue Demons, and she will try to help her team make it far intothe postseason.When she attended Lexington Christian Academy high school in Kentucky, she led her team to three state championships. Coming off a recent ank...

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