Marginalia, Graduate Blog

Machine Nirvana: CNC Mill Winter Workshop

by BJ Allen

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The poster that caught my attention as soon as I saw it…

Last week I took a one-credit class that I’ve been eyeing for a while now: CNC Milling and Modeling. Columbia has a nice long winter break, but there are some classes scheduled during the J-term (what we call the winter period). When I heard this class was going to be offered over the break, I jumped. CNC milling is a “computer numeric controlled” process for milling objects, using instructions given from code generated by 3-D software. The mill itself is a large, noisy, industrial machine—in other words, my favorite!

Machine Nirvana: CNC Mill Winter Workshop

Last week I took a one-credit class that I’ve been eyeing for a while now: CNC Milling and Modeling. Columbia has a nice long winter break, but there are some …

Interdisciplinary Arts & Media MFA BJ Allen, jellyfishmandala@gmail.com
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

How a Poet Keeps Warm in Chicago

by David Fairbanks

It's January. This view from the fifth floor of the library would certainly be desolate and gray right now (Photo by David Fairbanks)

It’s January. This view from the fifth floor of the library would certainly be desolate and gray right now (Photo: David Fairbanks)

Before classes even started last semester, my cohort and I met up with a few of the graduate poetry faculty to meet everyone and for them to answer any of our lingering questions. After Tony Trigilio described a particularly fierce storm that sent a tree limb or two crashing onto his car, he said something about the weather that I’ve repeated to visiting friends and people considering moving to Chicago: “It’s not small talk to discuss the weather in Chicago, it’s a survival mechanism.”

How a Poet Keeps Warm in Chicago

Before classes even started last semester, my cohort and I met up with a few of the graduate poetry faculty to meet everyone and for them to answer any of …

Creative Writing – Poetry, MFA David Fairbanks, david.fairbanks@loop.colum.edu
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

The Power of Broke

by Amanda Gatt

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Cover art for Daymond’s recently published book, The Power of Broke

Throughout my winter break and three week J-term (J stands for January, in case you’re unfamiliar), I had the privilege of being a brand ambassador for the one and only Daymond John. Name sounds familiar, right? You’ve probably seen him on ABC’s Shark Tank (which I have to admit, I LOVE watching in my spare time).

His latest published book, The Power of Broke, hit the stands on January 19. As a brand ambassador, I want to share with you the inside scoop about the book! So without further ado, here’s a brief overview on The Power of Broke.

The Power of Broke

Throughout my winter break and three week J-term (J stands for January, in case you’re unfamiliar), I had the privilege of being a brand ambassador for the one and only Daymond …

Business & Entrepreneurship, MAM Amanda Gatt, amanda.gatt@loop.colum.edu
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

Ready, Set…

by Hannah Batsel

 

A thaumatrope spinning toy printed as part of my upcoming thesis exhibition

A thaumatrope spinning toy printed as part of my upcoming thesis exhibition

Well, folks, I’m back in Chicago for my final semester here at Columbia. I’m exactly halfway through my thesis year, which means (gasp) it’s time to start actually making all of the stuff I’ve been talking, theorizing, planning, pitching, arguing, and of course, stressing about for the last few months.

Ready, Set…

  Well, folks, I’m back in Chicago for my final semester here at Columbia. I’m exactly halfway through my thesis year, which means (gasp) it’s time to start actually making all of …

Book & Paper, MFA Hannah Batsel, hannahbatsel@gmail.com
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

Don’t Die in the Winter

by Courtney Zellars

Rahsaan and I on our way to work during last year's blizzard -- we're bundled up similarly this winter too. But do you see my face? I was so over Chicago's weather.

Rahsaan and I on our way to work during last year’s blizzard—we’re bundled up similarly this winter too. But do you see my face? I was so over Chicago’s weather.

In middle school, my mother let me read one of her books on spiritual/faith-based growth entitled Don’t Die in the Winter:Your Season is ComingI can’t remember everything about it, but have since resonated with the basic gist—keep persevering, pressing through the hardships because better days are ahead.

Now that I live in Chicago, the title has shifted from being a personal aphorism to a literal maxim for survival. Don’t Die in the Super Cold, Below Zero Winter with Wind Chills Making It Even Colder: Spring is Coming.

Don’t Die in the Winter

In middle school, my mother let me read one of her books on spiritual/faith-based growth entitled Don’t Die in the Winter:Your Season is Coming. I can’t remember everything about it, but …

Creative Writing - Fiction MFA Courtney Zellars, courtney.zellars@loop.colum.edu
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

New Year, New Resolutions

by Elaine Rojas-Castillo

It’s that time of year!

With the holiday season behind us, the New Year brings the time for re-evaluating the past year and coming up with resolutions.

New Year, New Resolutions

With the holiday season behind us, the New Year brings the time for re-evaluating the past year and coming up with resolutions.

Journalism, MA Elaine Rojas-Castillo, erojascastillo@gmail.com
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

Studio Space

by Whit Forrester

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The Ireland study abroad trip for Columbia’s Photography MFA students is so incredibly worth it. The above image is another photograph of the site, which is obviously phenomenal. But the real treasure is having the time in January to be exclusively connected to our studio space, making for a highly productive month.

We have been thinking and talking a lot about what a studio is and its importance (or lack thereof). For Richard Long, the studio is simply a room for concentrated correspondence and book design. His actual work is conceived and laid out in the world. In a way, his studio practice is simply a practice of walking and engaging in a landscape.

Studio Space

The Ireland study abroad trip for Columbia’s Photography MFA students is so incredibly worth it. The above image is another photograph of the site, which is obviously phenomenal. But the …

Photography, MFA Whit Forrester, whit.forrester@gmail.com
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

Final Round

by Steph Jurusz

(Not so) Little Helper

(Not so) Little Helper

By the time this is posted, the spring semester of 2016 will be underway, the final semester of my MFA. How am I feeling? Excited, terrified, exhausted, ready, not ready, and a lot of things in between.

But, no matter how much I think about walking across that stage in May, there is still work to be done: my thesis.

Final Round

By the time this is posted, the spring semester of 2016 will be underway, the final semester of my MFA. How am I feeling? Excited, terrified, exhausted, ready, not ready, …

Creative Writing - Nonfiction MFA Steph Jurusz, stephanie.jurusz@loop.colum.edu
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

Three Little Things

by Chelsea Rowan

Fresh blueberries from this summer, frozen in my freezer

Fresh blueberries from this summer, now frozen in my freezer

At the start of the New Year, I was very determined to sit down and evaluate myself and my life up to the current point. As everyone has, I’ve had my ups and my downs. But recently, within the last semester, I’ve let myself go—in more ways than one. Maybe it is the impending reality of life outside of school. Maybe it is my new-forming comfort in the home I’m creating in Chicago. Maybe it’s the fear of where my life will take me in the years to come.

Whatever it is, I have started realizing that no matter where I am in my life currently, or where I am headed, there are three little things I can do for myself in the year to come that should put me on track for a happier, healthier, more fulfilling life!

Three Little Things

At the start of the New Year, I was very determined to sit down and evaluate myself and my life up to the current point. As everyone has, I’ve had …

Cinema Art + Science - Cinema Directing MFA Chelsea Rowan, chelsea.rowan@loop.colum.edu
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

Recording for a Feature Film

by Katrina Zemrak

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Hey everyone!

Our winter break is over, and it has been an extraordinarily fun one! Last week I went to the Old Town School of Folk Music and educated myself on all the different types of folk instruments for about three hours. Luckily, the retailers there are very knowledgeable and were very happy to answer all of my questions!

Recording for a Feature Film

Hey everyone! Our winter break is over, and it has been an extraordinarily fun one! Last week I went to the Old Town School of Folk Music and educated myself on …

Music Composition for the Screen, MFA Katrina Zemrak, info@katrinazemrak.com
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605