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Frequency of attack ads more impactful than message

By Kyle Rich

November 5, 2012

Political advertisements can be a powerful weapon for embattled candidates. Some attack policy, while others are more personal. But a new study suggests that it isn’t the content of negative political ads that make them effective but the waythey’re presented.Juliana Fernandes, an assistant professor at the University of Miami in Florida who specializes in political communication, supervised the study, which will be pub...

Skatalites continue to jam

By Alex Stedman

October 22, 2012

Band breakups are all too common, but some bands stay active for decades.Since its formation in 1964, Jamaican ska band The Skatalites has released 15 studio albums and had a number of lineup changes after a few band members died.The current members—Lester Sterling, alto saxophone; Doreen Shaffer, vocals; Azemobo Audu, tenor saxophone; Andrae Murchison, trombone; Kevin Batchelor, trumpet; Val Douglas, bass guitar; Natty ...

Economic circumstances weigh on cultural events in Chicago

By Chris Loeber

April 30, 2012

Residents and visitors alike will enjoy live music in Chicago’s parks and sample the city’s culinary prowess at local food festivals this summer, but a tight budget might thwart the continuity of some events coordinated by the city.As the city evaluates its festival and event programming as part of an initiative set forth by Mayor Rahm Emanuel in 2011, “challenging times” may influence which special events will cont...

No results yet from three-day NLRB trial

By Lisa Schulz

February 20, 2012

After two years of contract negotiation between Columbia and its part-time faculty union, a trial to resolve alleged unfair practices has again resulted in a waiting game.The three-day public trial was held Feb. 6–9 by the National Labor Relations Board at 209 S. LaSalle St. from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Robert Ringler, an administrative law judge, said a verdict is expected later.Annice Kelly, vice president of Legal Affairs and Ge...

Comparing women’s health services: College campuses around Chicago offer varying degrees of health services to women

By Lindsey Woods

December 12, 2011

Students looking at colleges generally consider lengthy lists of criteria they want their prospective school to have, including how well schools accommodate their students. One criterion that may be hard to find is what kind of medical care students have access to and how much that care costs. For women in particular, this may include annual gynecological exams, pregnancy testing and access to birth control and emergency c...

P-Fac complaint charges Columbia

By Lisa Schulz

October 17, 2011

In an official complaint issued Sept. 30, the National Labor Relations Board charged Columbia with unfair labor practices against P-Fac, the college’s part-time faculty union.The complaint alleges the college refused to collectively bargain with the union, specifically mentioning Louise Love, interim provost and vice president of Academic Affairs, who "threatened that she would no longer meet informally with union represe...

Negotiations with P-Fac make progress

By Lisa Schulz

September 19, 2011

Columbia’s part-time faculty union, P-Fac, and representatives of the administration have been negotiating a new contract since March 2010 and are streamlining their teams so that only two members are representing each side to simplify the decision-making process.“Progress is being made in the negotiations,” said Louise Love, interim provost and vice president of academic affairs, who became part of the college’s large...

P-Fac changes legal strategy

By Samuel Charles

March 7, 2011

The college’s part-time faculty union, P-Fac, has taken steps to consolidate its efforts to gain what it calls more equitable treatment of adjuncts from Columbia.But to do so, it has withdrawn one of its unfair labor practice complaints.On Feb. 15, the union withdrew the ULP it filed in January, which alleged that the college was reducing the number of credit hours assigned to long-serving adjunct faculty members.In tha...

Feds rule college erred in labor case

By Samuel Charles

November 8, 2010

by: Sam Charles and Drew HuntThe national Labor Relations Board has officially declared the college to be in direct violation of federal labor laws.Stemming from a decision made in February to reduce four-credit hour classes to three-credit hours in the Photography Department, the Part-Time Faculty Association decided to take action against the college upon being told it would not be consulted in the matter, despite the impact t...

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