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Why are we named Columbia?

As we welcome our new students to campus this week, many might be wondering why we are named Columbia. It must be that we are somehow related to the New York flagship, Columbia University, right? Wrong. Typical to Columbia College … Continue reading

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Creative Writing Department: 1998

The archives has a collection of Oral Histories from 1998 featuring the Creative Writing Department and faculty. Here are some notable excerpts from the interviews. You can read more of each Oral History by clicking on the name of the … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Ida Riley!!!

Ida Riley, the forgotten co-founder of Columbia School of Oratory,¬†was born on April 11th 1856 in Mercer County, Illinois. Today, the founder of your college turned 158 years old. So have a cupcake, have a beer, and make a toast … Continue reading

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Who is Mary Blood? What is the Blood Ball anyway?

In Mary Blood’s honor, Columbia hosts an annual “Blood Ball”. This year, the formal dance will be held on March 7th in the 1104 S Wabash building. Doors open at 7pm. It is easy to confuse Columbia’s first president with … Continue reading

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Before the South Loop Campus

Below I’ve collected and annotated a few pictures from Columbia College Chicago by R. Conrad Winke and Heidi Marshall. As you can see, Columbia has modest roots, shifting classes, offices and dorms from one building to the next around the … Continue reading

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Everyone Loves Opinion Polls

You are flipping through an issue of Columbia Chronicle before your afternoon class starts on a fairly comfortable chair in the library building. You had picked up the school paper off the coffee table to avoid falling asleep, because let’s … Continue reading

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Student Perspective: Dr. Kwang-Wu Kim’s First 100 Days

New College President Dr. Kwang-Wu Kim holds the belief that the concept of knowing a leader’s work ethic completely in the first 100 days of their term is not possible. “Overtime there is a development of priorities,” Kim explained during … Continue reading

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A Tribute to Dr. John B. Duff 1931-2013

Dr. John B. Duff, Columbia College Chicago’s 8th president, passed away early this week at age 82. During his term spanning from 1992 to 2000, he supervised the building of the Harold Washington Library, broadened local and national awareness of … Continue reading

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What scares Columbia students?

Check out the Halloween horror movies mentioned nearly 16 years ago in The Chronicle. How does your top Halloween movie list compare? What is your biggest fear? Leave us a comment or two here or on our Facebook page!

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1893 Columbia College Chicago Course Catalog

A lot has changed since the summer of 1893 at Columbia College Chicago. Each summer course would have cost you roughly eighteen dollars and a place to stay would have been about four dollars. You would have been immersed in … Continue reading

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