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Dan Shearer, music director of WCRX, Columbia’s student radio station, and a senior radio major, has a passion for radio broadcast and blogging, which recently led him to be named first place blogger in the Intercollegiate Broadcasting competition. A blog he wrote while studying abroad in Iceland secured him the honor.

Featured Artist: Dan Shearer

March 31, 2014

Dan Shearer, senior radio major and music director of WCRX, Columbia’s student radio station, received a first place trophy for best station blog from the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System on March 14. He won the competition for his blog about the annual Iceland Airwaves fe...

Noah born to win

Ihmoud's Moods

By Media Relations Editor

March 10, 2014

It seems like a lifetime ago that Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose went down with another season-ending injury and fans and analysts began to count the Bulls out for the season. Some even wanted the te...

Soccer has no borders

Ihmoud's Moods

By Media Relations Editor

March 3, 2014

Athletes are students of the game they play. Practice facilities serve as a classroom where they can learn and hone their craft, and, though it seems silly to say, no one’s safety should be in quest...

Ihmoud's Moods

Adios el capitán

February 17, 2014

When Derek Jeter retires at the end of the 2014 season, he will have spent nearly half his life as a Major League Baseball player.Jeter is leaving America’s pastime as one of the sport’s greatest amb...

DMX, bark don’t bite

Ihmoud's Moods

By Media Relations Editor

February 10, 2014

Anger and frustration are common feelings we all have, but sometimes it’s best to reserve them for a good cause, especially if you plan to violently act out your anger.Damon Feldman, who is known for pr...

NCAA Challenged

Ihmoud's Moods

By Media Relations Editor

February 3, 2014

I'm all for challenging the status quo, but college athletes are in for an uphill battle that’ll only get steeper as they begin to fight for representation.ESPN’s “Outside The Lines”first reported ...

Stick to your roots

Ihmoud's Moods

By Media Relations Editor

January 27, 2014

As a lifelong follower of sports, I’ve been strongly influenced by sports coverage. This week I am baffled like never before by an international soccer story that I have been following closely since mi...

Making cents of textbook sales

By Alexandra Kukulka

January 28, 2013

Textbooks are a necessary expense for college students, but that doesn’t make their often astronomical price tags any more bearable. Adding to the financial woe is the often frustrating experience of selling books, usually for much less than what students originally paid.But not many students know where that missing money ends up.When selling books back to the bookstore at the end of the semester, the most a student can b...

Radio conference connects students

By Alexandra Kukulka

October 8, 2012

Despite last year’s difficult prioritization process, the Radio Department, which President Warrick L. Carter recommended for “combine/restructure resources,” is booming with activity.The 2012 Midwest Regional High School and College Radio Conference, hosted by the Radio Department Sept. 29 in the 33 E. Congress Parkway Building, brought together panels of alumni, teachers and industry professionals to speak to col...

Columbia Crawl welcomes community

By Ivana Hester

September 10, 2012

A flash mob, student performances and galleries were only some of the festivities at the Columbia Crawl that welcomed students to the campus on Sept. 6.The college’s annual art crawl, which previously featured only gallery exhibitions, was expanded this year to showcase multiple disciplines in an effort to highlight the campus’s broad artistic community. The more than 20 events included the unveiling of a mural on Wabash and Balbo avenues, the Albert P. Weisman Award Exhibition and the Beats and Greets open house for the student-run radio stationWCRX-FM.The goal was to make the crawl an inclusive event that welcomed returning students and invited new students in, said Mark Kelly, vice president of Student Affairs. He said he wants the event to become as central to the college as other annual events, such as New Student Convocation, which ushers in the academic year for freshmen, transfer and graduate students, and Manifest, Columbia’s annual urban arts festival.“The thinking behind [the Columbia Crawl] is [modeling it after] every strong college community that has its rituals and has its moments when the college community comes together,” Kelly said. “It’s a part of what defines strongacademic communities.”Students had the opportunity to experience several interactive art exhibits and performances held at various venues on campus and in the streets to give students an idea of what Columbia has to offer,Kelly said.“Laying Out the Bones: Great Lakes Installation” in the Sculpture Garden at South Wabash Avenue and East 11th Street was a continuation of the One Million Bones project, created by a group of activist artists who held a workshop at Columbia last school year in which students crafted ceramic bones by hand. The installation featured a portion of the 25,000 ceramic bones made in the Great Lakes region, said Neysa Page-Lieberman, director of Exhibition & Performance Spaces. The project’s founders hope to raise awareness of genocide through the exhibits, which will culminate in spring 2013 with the installation of 1 million ceramic bones in the National Mallin Washington, D.C.The Peek-a-Boo show, hosted by the Department of Humanities, History and Social Sciences at Stage Two in the 618 S. Michigan Ave. Building, previewed the department’s upcoming events, such as the “I Love the ’90s Tribute Show,” the Cultural Fashion Show and Columbia’s Got Talent.Another event featured the unveiling of a mural by 2005 alumnus Nino Rodriguez at George’s Lounge, 646 S. Wabash Ave., as part of the Wabash Corridor, a long-term project to promote the college’s presence in the South Loop.“[The mural] is just like everyone in the neighborhood,” Rodriguez said. “Everyone is a different shade of color, and they all flow in different ways. I kind of wanted to express that in [my] design.”Ani Katz, a graduate student in the Photography Department, said she enjoyed the Weisman exhibition, which displayed comics, sculptures and other artworks from students who received the award.“If I were an incoming freshman, I would definitely be excited to get a taste of everything that is going on in the community, [especially] in the arts community, [to] see the different work that students are making,” Katz said.Emily Love, a freshman arts, entertainment, and media management major, said the Columbia Crawl helped her see what organizations and events are offeredon campus.“This is definitely appealing to my major,” Love said. “I’m trying to pay attention to what is going [around campus] in hope to get my foot in the door.”In an effort to move forward from last year’s grueling prioritization process, Kelly said he wanted to start the new school year with a bang and welcome back students witha celebration.“When we become cohesive as a creative community, we become more powerful,” Kelly said. “We offer our students a deepening of their learning, and we encourage a strongstudent community.”

Columbia program cuts require cautious approach

By Editorial Board

February 13, 2012

Columbia is often lauded by its own administration as the best arts and media college in the country. But according to the academic rankings published in The Chronicle on Feb. 6, Columbia will be downsizing its degree programs in the near future by eliminating portions of several departments. While discontinuing certain degree programs is the most logical course of action for our cash-strapped college, administrators must u...

WCRX Sports Programming Team Effort

By Nader Ihmoud

December 12, 2011

Turn your radio up as you listen to original sports talk on 88.1 FM WCRX’s “Deep Dish” or “The Last Slice,” shows that have been added this semester to the radio station’s lineup.There has been sports programming on WCRX, Columbia’s radio network, since 1990. John Joyce, internship coordinator for the Radio Department, created the sports department for the station, but it wasn’t until fall 2011 that the programm...

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