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No. 1 Non-Daily College Newspaper in the Nation MONDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2014

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VOLUME 50, ISSUE XI

LGBTQ students, allies cry foul

Carolina Sánchez THE CHRONICLE Lott Hill, executive director of the Center for Innovation in Teaching Excellence and advisor to Common Ground, the college’s LGBT student organization, tells members about a Nov. 18 college-wide forum about the reduced sections of LGBT Studies classes being offered in the Spring 2015 semester.

JENNIFER BOYLEN Assistant Campus Editor OUTCRY FROM STUDENTS and fac-

ulty erupted across campus last week when the administration announced that the college would offer only one section of the Gay and Lesbian Studies I & II courses, effectively cutting the offerings in half.

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Students have started a petition on Change.org, titled “Restore Diversity Courses at Columbia College” that is targeted at President Kwang-Wu Kim and Stan Wearden. The petition is circulating online and has received more than 400 signatures and many supportive comments since its Oct. 29 creation. Diana Vallera, president of the Part-time Faculty Union and adjunct professor in the Photography Department, said P-fac has filed a grievance on the issue and plans to attend the forum and be involved. “If there is a genuine commitment on the part of the college that supports diversity and inclusion, then that has to hold true in the status of the courses,” Vallera said. Shannon said instead of cutting these classes, the college needs to restore them to pursue its mission of diversity and inclusion. Wearden said spring enrollment is almost always 90 percent of what fall enrollment, so the college needs to plan its schedule accordingly. Deans and department chairs collegewide were told to cut section offerings by 10 percent because that is the enrollment the college is expecting. Wearden said HHSS cut sections while trying to preserve the diversity of the departments course offerings, and department chairs have a good sense of what demand looks like for each semester. “It’s not just LGBTQ courses or gender courses,” Wearden said. “It’s across the whole range of what they 8 • November 10, 2014

Reactions claiming potential bias from campus community members prompted Stan Wearden, senior vice president and provost, to send an email to the college community Nov. 6 announcing a Nov. 18 forum on the matter, as well as stating that scheduling is based on enrollment and demand. “Many individuals with many different kind of concerns could

request that another section of a course on a particular topic be added,” Wearden said in the email. “To add sections in that manner, however, would create an unsustainable cost structure for the college.” However, GALS courses have a reputation for being popular with Columbia students. Both sections have full enrollment this semester, and the class saw similar trends for

do. In every category, it’s a 10 percent cut. We have as many different LGBTQ courses coming up this spring as we had this fall. In fact, we’re able to offer some courses that we haven’t offered in a while.” Steven Corey, Chair of the HHSS Department, did not respond to The Chronicle’s requests for comment by press time.

in LGBTQ studies generally that have to do with the overall cultural competency of the LGBTQ issues on campus.” Wearden said the upcoming Nov. 18 forum will only discuss issues in one group of identities, so this will be the first of many discussions the college community has on issues of diversity and identities because

This is about touching a deeper nerve.” – Stan Wearden Wearden said he knows Shannon is popular with students, but this is not about a single section of a single class. “[She] really deserves to be honored and respected for that popularity,” Wearden said. “Clearly, it means she’s doing a good job of what she does, but I don’t think it’s about that either because she’s still going to get to teach.” Wearden said the outpouring of responses to these sections reductions is tapping into a bigger issue on campus, which was why he has chosen to hold a forum. He said LGBTQ communities need a chance to discuss concerns of which they feel people are unaware. “There must be something just in the ethos of the LGBTQ communities,” Wearden said. “It’s about touching a deeper nerve. There are other kind of concerns that LGBTQ students or people with an interest

he respects that other groups of identities—whether that be cultural, racial or based on ability—have concerns as well. “In terms of this particular forum, I hope it’s a really productive discussion about moving forward,” Wearden said. “We’ve already identified the fact that we want to be a national leader on issues of diversity. So saying ‘national leader,’ that means something really powerful and strong so we need to hear from people how can we step into this leadership role nationally.” Shannon said she had a hand in creating and teaching GALS I&II, “Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender History,” “Queer Theory” and “Queer Literature” at the college and there should be more of these types of classes rather than less. “The time is right [and] we need it. I’d like to see some basic curriculum changes, more inclusive, more

the last several years, always near full enrollment if not closed, according to OASIS records. Victoria Shannon, founder of the GALS courses and adjunct faculty in the Humanities, History & Social Sciences Department, said despite having merely posted on her Facebook about the cutting of one of her GALS I course sections, she expects to lose her job over the conflict the change has created. “It isn’t about me—this isn’t about my course.” Shannon said. “In the broader spectrum, this is a systemic problem that needs to be addressed at a college that considers itself progressive.” Shannon said she did not realize how much the GALS courses meant to students until she started receiving responses from current and former students. “This class changes people’s lives and, in some cases, saves their lives,” Shannon said. “I try to put students in touch with the broader LGBT community. I bring visitors in from almost every part of our community to talk with them. It goes far beyond what happens in

the classroom and the valuable lessons—they just can’t be replicated.” The same classes were reduced to two sections a few years ago, even though she was having students tell her they could not get into her class during that time because it was always full, Shannon said. Now that the GALS classes have been cut down to one section, Shannon said there will be 50 students per semester who are deprived of the opportunity to take the courses they are interested in. “It seems counterproductive to cancel courses that you know fill immediately and offer courses that don’t,” Shannon said. Shannon said the Nov. 18 discussion forum will allow discussion about the lack of LGBT courses at the college. “I hope enough people come to this forum so we can have a civilized discussion and give the administration some logical, practical suggestions about what students want and what would make them happy curriculum-wise,” Shannon said.

diverse,” Shannon said. Jessica Paul, a sophomore creative writing major, took GALS I last semester and said she is afraid the GALS II class will be full when she registers for next semester. She said the college does not have very many LGBTQ courses or some kind of GALS major, which she would gladly pursue. Paul said LGBTQ students want to blend in as artists but these kinds of section reductions affect the LGBTQ campus community. She said she appreciates the support Shannon and GALS classes are receiving from faculty and students. “Who’s to say that they won’t keep cutting things and then use that budget money for something totally unnecessary?” Paul said. “It’s troubling, and it’s encouraging to see people doing something about it.” Paul said she learned a lot through Shannon’s passionate teaching in her GALS I class and that the course opened up her mind to the LGBTQ community. “There’s just so much opportunity [in GALS] for students to see you can be queer and an advocate and show your pride and your history in whatever field you go in,” Paul said. “It was inspiring to me.” Terri Griffith, an adjunct professor in the HHSS Department who teaches GALS II, said unlike other LGBTQ courses, the GALS courses are open to all students and have no prerequisites. They have historically have been very successful, popular classes, Griffith said. “This class is really powerful for

people,” Griffith said. “They learn very specifically about issues of concern to the LGBT community, not just what we hear in the media. People also come in this class with a lot of wrong information. It’s really enlightening for people.” Griffith said her classes are diverse, with some students who identify as LGBTQ and others who do not, but most belong to the LGBTQ community in some way and go on to take more courses in the field. “When I taught three sections a semester, they were always full,” Griffith said. “It’s the difference between 150 students per semester and 50. It’s enough to change the culture of the school.” Elise Tanner, a 2010 photography graduate, took GALS I her first semester at Columbia in 2006 and said the class changed her life because she learned and explored things she never had previously. She said when she learned about the section reductions, she immediately felt the injustice in the decision and decided to get involved in the conversation. Tanner has solicited email responses on the issue and has received letters and emails from current students, alumni, faculty and parents. “A couple of the letters, specifically from students are really heartfelt. You can really see where they are coming from,” Tanner said. “The challenge is getting the president and provost to really listen. At this point, there’s a disconnect.”

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Kaitlin Hetterscheidt THE CHRONICLE “Solace,” an installation by Jaq Belcher, is featured in the “Papercuts” exhibition in the Glass Cutrain Gallery and Center for Book and Paper Arts, 1104 S. Wabash Ave., that runs Sept. 19—Nov. 8.

Kaitlin Hetterscheidt THE CHRONICLE “Papercuts” makes its last stop at Columbia from Sept. 16–Nov. 6 after a six-city tour. The exhibition, curated by artist Reni Gower, is hosted by the Center for Book and Paper Arts as a part of the center’s 20th anniversary.

Traveling exhibition » PAPERCUTS Continued from PG. 15 ‘Papercuts’ opens at Columbia

JENNIFER BOYLEN Assistant Campus Editor

A TRAVELING paper art exhibition that has visited six cities, including Atlanta and Nashville, is making its last stop at Columbia. The exhibition, organized by artist Reni Gower, opened Sept. 19 and is being held in the Glass Curtain Galley, 1104 S. Wabash Ave., by the Center for Book and Paper Arts as a part of the center’s 20th Anniversary. Marilyn Propp, interim coordinator for exhibitions and programs at the Center for Book and Paper Arts, said “Papercuts” is about paper itself as a material. All the pieces in the gallery are intricate and labor intensive because every piece is cut by hand, she said.

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a floor-to-ceiling paper tornado displayed in the entryway, created by artist Lenka Konopasek, Propp said. Michelle Forsyth, another artist in the exhibition and an associate professor of painting at OCAD University in Toronto, created punched-paper pieces in which she works with suffering and loss, Propp said. Gower, the “Papercuts” exhibition organizer, created stencils modeled after Celtic Knot designs that she traced and cut with a box cutter, Propp said. Gower said she started her work with cut paper while teaching in Glasgow, Scotland. She said she started making cutout patterns to make her drawings more visually complex. She said the exhibition took approximately a year to curate.

The celebration of work made by hand is an important component to this conversation ” — Reni Gower

“Papercuts” features seven international artists, many of whom are currently traveling around the world. Jaq Belcher, an Australian artist residing in New York City, is featured with her installation “Solace,” which is a meditative piece that includes a hanging component and about 19,000 seeds scattered on the floor, Propp said. Other exhibitors include Daniella Woolf, whose pieces are collections of daily information such as newspapers, photos and Rolodex cards. Artist Beatrice Coron based one of her pieces off the 1972 novel “Invisible Cities” by Italo Calvino, as she creates her own narrative, Propp said. One of the most prominent pieces in the Glass Curtain Gallery is

Gower wanted all the work in the exhibition to be cut by hand rather than laser-cut, and as she chose artists, narrative and sacred geometry became additional components of the exhibition, she said. “The act of cutting becomes a contemplative ritual that is embedded in the practice of the artists in the exhibition,” Gower said. “The celebration of work made by hand is an important component to this conversation. It offers an alternative perspective to the superficiality of social media, over-the-top spectacle and consumerism. It offers a reprieve or contemplative space to the viewer and to the maker.”

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Lauren Scanlon, a Los Angeles-based artist, features large and small pieces made entirely out of pages from “Harlequin Present” novels sewn together with gold thread. “When I was about 10, my maternal grandmother gave me a grocery sack of those same books,” Scanlon said. “1970’s ‘Harlequin Present’ [novels] have a really iconic cover, but I was interested in how they affected me as a 10-year-old and then also as an adult so I wanted to do something with the books.” According to the exhibition catalogue, the pages are cut with patterns of old bedspreads Each work is named after the title of a book and feature a majority of the text, Propp said. “That’s one thing that I’m not sure people realize was intentional,” Scanlon said. “They look at the paper cut overall as a design with out realizing that the words that are still readable will give you some kind of veiled information about what the books were about.”

Jaq Belcher, an artist who works strictly in paper cuts, said she gravitated towards it because she thought paper was beautifully simple on its own. She now creates meditative pieces with cut circle and petal-shaped components. “The repetition of it came from hanging around aboriginal artwork,” Belcher said. “Because I was in India before coming to New York, I was watching them do this practice of Japa [meditation] where they write the name of a god over and over again in a repetitious sort of mantra practice. So all of those things combined brought me to what I do today.” Belcher said she thinks “Papercuts” is a powerful exhibit and is set to be displayed in Qatar next year. “It’s a really nice cross-section of people who are using the same technique but in a diverse fashion,” Belcher said. “I’ve been a number of paper-cutting shows, and this one is really strong in its diversity.” jboylen@chroniclemail.com


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4th Annual AEMMP Records Unofficial SXSW Day Party Featuring AyOH, The Lucky Dutch, and The Kickback Leather Corduroys, Alex Wiley and Columbia’s Own Thelonious Martin

Chicago, IL (March 10th, 2015)​- It’s about that time again for Austin to be claimed by South by Southwest. As the music world gears up for one of the biggest events of the year, AEMMP Records is excited to announce our contribution to the festival. On March 19th, 2015, AEMMP Records will be taking over Bat Bar on 6th Street in Austin, Texas and showcasing some of Chicago’s finest upcoming talent. AEMMP Records is Columbia College Chicago’s own student run record label. The label has both Rock and Hip-Hop subsidiaries that work together to produce student made music and content, as well as put on events such as this. For the last 4 years, AEMMP students have put on an unofficial day party at SXSW and are hoping to make this years the biggest yet. PMartt, who attended and performed SXSW last year with Columbia’s Talent Agency spoke very highly of his time in Austin. “Not only was it a great networking opportunity, it was also a big learning experience for me,” he said. “I enjoyed the opportunity to collaborate with various AEMMP classes.” With the help of sponsors Pequod’s Pizza, KIND snacks, Kohana Coffee, 1833 and Jugrnaut, AEMMP is positive they have one of the strongest showings of up and coming Chicago hip-hop and rock talent that this years SXSW will offer. The details for the day party are as follows 4th Annual AEMMP Records Unofficial SXSW Day Party Event​: 4th Annual AEMMP Records Unofficial Day Party Where​: Bat Bar (218 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78701) When​: Thursday March 19th, from 12-6PM Who​ : AyOH, The Lucky Dutch, and The Kickback + “SUPERSIZED” Special Guests, Thelonious Martin + Friends, Leather Corduroys, Alex Wiley, Kembe X, Towkio, and Khori4, Age​: 21+ for the public

We will be announcing set times in the week to come. Continue to visit AEMMP social media accounts for updates on artists and SXSW. www.facebook.com/AEMMPRecords​​| ​@AEMMPRock​| @ ​ AEMMPHipHop

Any questions and inquiries can be directed towards Jennifer Boylen at j​ennifer@aemmp.org and AEMMP looks forward to seeing everyone in Austin! ###


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April 3, 2015 By Kristi Agne

By Jen Boylen http://musicgarage.com/info/s/networking-101

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Nowadays, having a great contact list or a network within your industry is a major key to success. Granted, building this web of people can seem very daunting, but we have some tips that can help in your quest. 1. Thank-you emails go a long way. After meeting someone, seeing them speak, or working something – send a thank you email. Nothing says you value that person and their time more than taking the initiative to let them know. Even better, if the circumstances merit it, why not try a handwritten note? 2. If you have a great conversation with someone, ask if you can continue it and meet again another time. It’s a great way to make sure you stay in touch. 3. Always think of a connection as a two way street. Someone may add value to your life, but can you help them as well? Make sure you know how to communicate your value as well. 4. Attend events! There is no better networking than getting out into your industry and meeting people in person. It’s tough to network effectively sitting on the couch! 5. People love to talk about themselves. If you want to have a relationship with someone, just ask to meet them and learn about who they are and what they do. If you seem as interested in what they do as they are, they will remember it. 6. Set goals and have direction. Know who you want to connect with and why. Don’t attempt to network with someone just for the sake of doing so – know how they can fit into your network. 7. Go to them, don’t expect them to come to you. If you want to meet someone, make it happen. Don’t always expect people to seek you out. See #4 above! 8. Make valuable contacts. Having hundreds of twitter followers is great, but having a few genuine contacts is much more valuable to your network. 9. Stay connected! Check in with people. See how they are doing. Keep yourself at the front of their mind. Filed Under: HEADLINES Book a Rehearsal or Tour


The Maine - American Candy Tour at Lincoln Hall Playing an album in full is usually only reserved for anniversary or reunion tours and an entirely free tour is unheard of. However, The Maine is doing both simultaneously, and doing so very successfully. While everyone is talking about their free tour, that is not the only attention, these Pheonix, Arizona natives have gotten recently. American Candy, their fifth record dropped on March 31, 2015, and has since been what seems to be their most well-received release to date. I have seen The Maine live a handful of times and have never been disappointed, so I could not have been more excited when their first “American Candy” date on their current tour was scheduled in Chicago. That is, until the show sold out and I did not have a ticket with my name on it. Luckily, the venue released a few more tickets about a week out from the show and I immediately bought mine. I knew the 500 capacity room would be packed and there would be hoards of fans waiting outside the show, but I was still caught off guard by how crowded it felt when trying to make my way through the crowd. As I walked through the doors of Lincoln Hall the room was buzzing as soon as and I knew every single one of us was in for an unforgettable night. Beach Weather, a new group fronted by ex-A Rocket To The Moon Nick Santino, opened the show. Their lighting was rich and dark, while their sound was fun and groovy. The group had just released their very first EP and this tour has been some of their very first shows, ever. Anyone who is familiar with Nick and the Maine knows they are good friends, so it is no surprise he is a part of the tour with his new project. They played all five songs off their EP as well as a The Cure cover and the crowd loved every bit of it. About an hour in, the nights main event took the stage and the audience erupted. The Maine started with opening track of American Candy, “Miles Away” and were met with every voice in the room singing along. As mentioned, this was the first time they had played the full record (even some songs had never been performed live prior to that night) and it did not take long for the band to realize they were a part of something really special. The Maine has been a band for almost a decade and has consistently remained relevant and kept their original lineup intact. Through out the years, The Maine has kept the interest of a fan base who has grown an evolved along with the band and supports them more and more with every release. If the excitement of every concertgoer in the room wasn’t enough to make this a great event, the bands flawless performance was. The Maine does not only sound exactly the same live or recorded, they also have such a genuine wonderment about them as they take the stage each and every night. Flowing through 90’s alt, pop-rock, and heart stopping ballads, their performance of American Candy sounded exactly like the record which was extremely impressive, but watching five people play their hearts out from start to finish was definitely the highlight. In addition to their passion for the music, The Maine’s playful banter with the crowd and with each other through out their set always puts their shows a step above the rest. Even after years of touring and making music, they never pretend to be anyone else but themselves; which is very refreshing. On top of their newest record, they also played some old fan favorites (including Inside of You – ft. Dan from Real Friends on guitar, Some Days, Can’t Stop Won’t Stop, Everything I Ask For and others). After a segway into how front main, John is a “pervert for coins” commencing the audience to pelt him with coins (which he proceeded to collect off the stage for several minutes in all its hilarity) as well as some heartfelt words about how much their fans and this record means to them, they closed the show with “Another Night On Mars”. If the show wasn’t already ending on a high note, people in the crowd some how effortlessly managed to pass out glowsticks to every person in the room specifically for that song, which then also got thrown on the stage just like the coins. Regardless of the strict curfew for all-ages shows in Chicago, the band immediately changed and headed back to the venue to hang out and meet as many people as they could. Even after getting moved out onto the sidewalk and subsequently having to leave early, The Maine went above and beyond at this show as they do with any shows they play. If you have a chance to catch this tour, whether it be an American Candy or a free show, you are a lucky one. The Maine are not going anywhere anytime soon, but the experience they have created for fans on this tour is one that probably will not be seen again.

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