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Mezvinsky Says Goodbye After 42 Years with CCSU

Matt Kiernan / The Recorder

Marking the end of a 42-year run at CCSU, Dr. Norton Mezvinsky delivered a farewell lecture and heartfelt goodbye last Monday.

An audience of fellow scholars and professors, students and friends surrounded the history professor as he told of his beginning at the university and some of his proudest achievements during his work at CCSU.

Mezvinsky, who will leave to direct the Institute for Middle East Studies at Georgetown University, looked back on his tenure and pupils happily.

“I like the students or at least most of them that I’ve had the privilege of teaching,” remarked during his speech.

Mezvinsky is an accomplished author and scholar who has focused his career on on the teachings and studies of the subjects of Judaism, American history and the Middle East. These, he said, are the most rewarding of subjects for himself and the topics he found to be interesting even from a young age.

The lecture was opened with an introduction by associate professor of history Dr. Matthew Warshauer who credited Mezvinsky with his own interest in history.

“If it wasn’t for Norton Mezvinsky, I probably wouldn’t have taken the path that lead me here today,” said Warshauer who attended CCSU for his bachelor’s degree and so happened to take a history class with Mezvinsky during his undergraduate studies.

At the goodbye ceremony Mezvinsky was awarded with the honor of being given his own eponymous scholarship, which will be offered to students studying abroad or working in Washington D.C.

Mezvinsky discussed his first teaching opportunities at CCSU. When Mezvinsky joined the faculty at CCSU in 1967, he was living in New York City and was quite happy with his living situations there.

He planned to spend his time teaching within the city at the City College of New York, but was later introduced to the CCSU campus. After being brought to CCSU and offered a job in teaching by university President Herbert Welte, Mezvinsky gave CCSU a chance.

Although he originally planned to live in New York City, commute to CCSU and later land a job teaching elsewhere, Mezvinsky was so thrilled with his job at CCSU that he decided to stay.

He said he knew that he didn’t have to worry about being academically stifled and had developed friendships with colleagues.

In recent years, Mezvinsky’s proudest achievement has been the formation of the Middle East lecture series that brings scholars the subject to CCSU to discuss the problems and issues with events occurring in the Middle East.

He hopes to continue the series for years to come and if asked is willing to help bring friends and scholars to campus to speak.

During his speech, Mezvinsky also looked to his past to recall events that occurred on campus and what was most memorable to him.

He remembered and spoke of his first year at Central where there was a debate on Vietnam and if R.O.T.C. should be supported on campus, which Mezvinsky spoke openly against.

He wishes CCSU to not become state-man controlled for Connecticut and wishes the university to have shared government within.

“We need to emphasize the value of having scholars on the faculty and scholarship,” said Mezvinsky.

He also suggested that the CSU system add faculty members to the Board of Trustees.

For people in positions of government power, he described a leader as being someone with integrity and being an educator. He said that humility is lacking in many of today’s current political leaders.

Controversial Activist Speaks at Central

Tonya Malinowski / The Recorder

Student demonstrators gathered outside of Davidson Hall Monday afternoon to protest political activist and philosopher Lyndon LaRouche.

Mostly members of the Youth for Socialist Action protestors were armed with comic book-style fliers depicting LaRouche as “a small-time Hitler”.

LaRouche spoke as part of the CCSU Middle East lecture series. This particular event, unlike the rest of the series, was funded personally by CCSU professor Norton Mezvinsky.

“I know some sharply negative attacks are being targeted at LaRouche here on campus,” Mezvinsky said. “The material being handed out is, at best, problematic factually, and some of it just downright false.”

LaRouche has run in eight presidential campaigns since 1976, has written extensively on political and economic topics, and directs a political action committee.

“I talked to some of [the protestors] and they have no idea what his real ideals are,” LaRouche Political Action Committee member Alex Allen said. “If you are going to come protest something, there should be some substance behind it.”

The YSA refused to comment.

Despite being part of a series of speakers on the Middle East, LaRouche’s lecture focused mostly on his criticism of America’s political inadequacy and inevitable failure. He mostly discussed Obama’s need for “adult supervision”.

“I am greatly worried about this president. I think he’s cuckoo at this point,” LaRouche said. “He cannot think for himself. He’s a puppet, and the only way he won’t fail is if the cabinet can keep him in captivity.”

LaRouche said the United States has been rapidly deteriorating since the Roosevelt administration and claims the cure is something similar to Hitler’s economic stimulus after coming to power in 1923 and “saving the country from depression”.

LaRouche faced a hostile crowd during the Q and A session after his lecture. Many in the crowd were unhappy with his characterization of Obama as a puppet. LaRouche answered questions by reiterating his beliefs about the American economic system being doomed.

While touching on the subject of the Middle East conflict, LaRouche said the problem is rooted in the fact that there is nothing there worth fighting over.

“I’m angered at my own people, like fools, who kill each other over things not even worth fighting for,” LaRouche said.

“We have to promote the welfare of the other nation as much, if not more, than our own.”

CCSU Speaks Out On Textbook Sales Tax

Shauna Simeone / The Recorder

Connecticut legislators are considering repealing a law that exempts student textbooks from being charged with the 6 percent sales tax.

The newly added tax will affect nearly every college student across the state. 

Jack O’Leary, manager at the CCSU bookstore, feels that repealing this law could create problems.

“CCSU was instrumental in removing the tax on textbooks in the first place,” he said.

He believes that lawmakers are forgetting the original reasons for creating the law, which were to support the education system and help to make college a little more affordable for students.

O’Leary’s advice for the campus community is to “be proactive and write to your legislator” regarding the issue. 

Students, too, are concerned about the new law. Tim Waldron ’10, said is considering other options aside from buying books.

“Textbooks are expensive enough as it is. I might consider not even buying them next semester,” he said.

This type of attitude is worrisome to some faculty such as physics and earth science professor Dr. Steven B. Newman.

“Not having the text can adversely affect their grade, especially if they are not particularly good note-takers, or miss some classes,” he said.

With the repeal of the exemption law, faculty and students will both have to make an effort to keep the cost down for students. Many students hope that teachers will use old editions of the texts to keep down costs. 

Chemistry professor Dr. Thomas Burkholder said that the science departments have some of the most expensive books on campus.

“Keep in mind that in some areas of chemistry the market for texts is small, which drives up the cost,” Burkholder said.

He also commented on the fact that science is a constantly growing field with new information coming in all the time.

“In some areas such as biochemistry, the material is still being actively updated so the textbooks have to be updated more frequently,” he said.

Newman concurred with this statement, and said he typically does not use old editions of the text because of the fact that they are being constantly updated.

Due to difficulties of using old versions of textbooks, students are required to buy expensive versions of the new books.

“Students have a hard time affording their books already,” he said and added that the extra cost of the “sales tax just makes it that much more difficult.

The college community seems uneasy about the sales tax being added on to textbooks.

“Textbooks are already overpriced and this new law is basically taxing education,” O’Leary said.

Entrepreneur Imparts Life Lessons to Students

Matt Kiernan / The Recorder

43folders.com creator Merlin Mann came to campus to help students figure out what they need to focus on to be successful in their personal and professional lives.

“I think we have to find the problems that we’re comfortable with solving rather than the problems that aren’t there,” said Mann. Mann said that teachers can help students get on the right track, but they can’t help students figure out what they want to do in life. It’s up to the students to figure that out.

“I remember feeling a pressure to do certain things a certain kind of way,” said Mann on his time spent growing up.

He went on to say that there are a lot of opportunities out there for people to do interesting things with their life.

Mann told a story of how a college friend of his had known he wanted to be a lawyer since a very young age and one day became a lawyer and ended up hating it. He said that what you want to do and be today may change over time and that it’s normal for it to happen.

He went on to say that college is just the beginning of the rest of your life and that as you go on life will become increasingly more weird and exciting. 

“I don’t think you’re really going to learn anything until you’ve gotten your butt kicked,” said Mann.

The workshop aimed at helping students find jobs was lead by digital humanities student Alex Jarvis. Jarvis said that instead of focusing on making video games. He wanted to concentrate on how video games make people feel and that he’s fine with the possibility of changing his mind down the road of what he wants to do with his life.

Mann recalled being in junior high school and his class spinning a vocational wheel for finding what jobs there are and what they do. He hopes that instead of people focusing on the one thing they’re good at, they’ll think about things that freak them out and ask themselves why it freaks them out.

“Anything that has high value in your life will come from an awesome decision and a cool person,” said Mann. 

The term networking is one that Mann shuns, but thinks the idea of making connections with other people to progress in life is one of the most important things students can do to succeed in getting a job.

In another part of the workshops, Mann talked about controlling the amount of e-mails a person receives in their inbox and how to maintain it. Keeping your inbox closer to having zero e-mails will make your life much easier instead of having to worry about sifting through e-mails like it’s a second job.

Mann described attention management as when a person spends their time on things that are important.

Much of a person’s day in the workforce can be wasted on going through e-mails that are unnecessary. 

“E-mail is a medium for moving something from one place to another,” said Mann.

He went on to say that it’s not a place to hang out and that it needs to be emptied like a normal mailbox.

Mann thinks that if a person has the time to check their e-mail, they have the time to make a decision on what they want to do with it.

Anderson’s Edge

Melissa Traynor and  Charles Desrochers / The Recorder

Anderson Cooper is proud of the fact that he has learned to out-hustle colleagues and overwork himself to get ahead.

Despite his outward modesty and shyness in regards to giving his full-fledged opinion on issues other than himself, the “Anderson Cooper 360º” host exuded a confidence in what he does and how he does it.

He fully acknowledges the idea that perseverance and dedication, and especially his commitment to working weekends and holidays, have made him the anchor and reporter he is today.

At first rescheduling his Vance Lecture Series appearance due to work and original scheduling conflicts, Cooper spent the day on campus last Friday and concluded it with airing “360º” live from Willard Hall’s TV studio.

Between touring the campus, first in a meeting with President Jack Miller, then on to a more intimate question and answer session with students, a dinner and a lecture, Cooper allowed glimpses of the dedicated journalist who is otherwise recognized as one of America’s media darlings.

During the informal Q&A in Founders Hall, he answered mostly typical questions. In the same way that Dan Rather spoke candidly about his beginnings in radio during his Vance lecture in 2007, Cooper’s answers ranged from retelling his experiences in the field to his work habits.

His career sprouted from a general interest in war and a fascination with being on the other side of the lines – the generally unsafe side of the lines. Since he was young, he was interested in learning about the military and happened to read about war correspondence in Vietnam in college (Yale University).

While he reflected on his college years as political science major, a term he joked often about and admitted that he still hasn’t completely figured out, he credited his college education with learning exactly what he didn’t want to do.

“I didn’t want to stay in school any longer. Going to graduate school because I didn’t know what I wanted to do – as a fall back – didn’t appeal to me at the time,” he said.

His path or whatever prescribed plan was still working itself out.

“At the time I felt like I was flailing around in the dark,” Cooper said. He explained that not only does he see that despite whatever his initial reservation of confusion was, he understands that his path up until this point is very clear.

“What I think I learned in college is that you should make choices based on what your gut tells you and what your interest is now,” he said. “And if you do that, you’ll be doing something that you’re passionate about… and you’ll be successful at it.”

Hosting his “360º” on weeknights, Cooper’s Monday-though-Friday week belong to CNN, but he spends his weekends “60 Minutes” for CBS. He explained that he doesn’t really take weekends or holidays.

Advising that passion is the key to success, Cooper was able to draw from his own experiences working double shifts, into weekends and through lunch breaks.

“And that’s the only way to succeed,” he said, “by out-hustling and out-working everyone else around you.”

Looking back on his work with the news agency Channel One, Cooper said he took that determination with him when he decided to push his way into covering war with a forged press pass and limited protection.

Somalia is where he learned how to be a reporter, he said, and then spent the next two and a half years jumping from one war to another, including the Rwanda genocide in 1994 – an event he frequently remarked upon throughout the day.

Starting off as a reporter for the Channel One, Cooper said that his days covering wars beginning in Burma were spent traveling through war zones and looking for the opportunity to just happen upon a story where he could find one. He didn’t speak as though stories were too hard to find.

Cooper told stories of his early travels in Somalia, to which he credited a sharpened sense of self-protection and caution. Though, in between his quirky tales of “growing up reporter”, Cooper hinted at the massive tragedy and destruction that he has spent much of his career covering.

During his stay in Somalia, he hired a roaming band of gunmen for protection, for lack of other options. This story garnered a good amount of laughs from the small audience in Founders.

“They were my protectors, but I was actually more scared of them than anyone else,” he said.

“One day we were at a burial ground where about a hundred people were dying of famine every day in this town, so they were just mass burying people.”

“We were at this burial ground waiting for some bodies to come and I suddenly realized, ‘why don’t these guys just shoot me and dump my body in a pit and walk away and take whatever I have?’” he continued.

“So I kept coming up with all of these stories about all my journalist friends who were going to be coming on the next couple of flights,” he said.

Since then, he said, he’s enjoyed much more sophisticated and heavier protection as major media companies have hired private protection and afforded the expense of armored vehicles.

While it’s not so today, Cooper said he was able to wander around the city of Sarajevo in Bosnia looking for stories. He faced the occasional mortar shell or shooters, but was never specifically targeted as a journalist before.

“You never know how you’re going to react when someone takes out a gun and starts shooting, or when you’re in the midst of a mob and there’s a chaotic situation,” Cooper said, and added that luckily he was often able to operate well under pressure.

Treasurer of the Robert Vance Foundation Edward Young commented on Cooper’s audacity.

“[I’m amazed by] the fact that he’s gone behind the lines and done some pretty hands-on stuff on the battlefield,” he said. “It really amazes me when reporters put their own personal safety at risk for their minor duties.”

Cooper said that when he returns home to the States, his stay often feels boring and inactive. It makes regular life appear very dull upon return.

“When you’re on the front lines, when you’re in a conflict zone, it’s like the air hums,” he said. “You feel alive.”

He said that war zones, where he is frequently exposed to scenes of literal life and death, can not help but mark a different world and mentality than that at home.

Conversation often drifted towards the line between sensationalistic reporting and how journalism can accurately reflect the emotion involved in the moment. Cooper is often asked about his methods for keeping that emotion secure.

“I tend to focus on people, real people in circumstances that are out of their control,” he said. “For me the objective is to allow those people’s emotions to just come out and that you do that by just getting out of the way and not injecting yourself in.”

Cooper often emphasized the importance of objective and not volunteering any opinions, which is what at least some of Friday’s night audience showed up for.

“The impression I have of him is that he is generally objective, well-informed and alert,” said Ray Andrews a CCSU alumnus who was invited to attend the Vance Lecture dinner.

Cooper does, however, believe in the importance of being personally impacted by the stories he covers. Or else it would make him more susceptible to the common plight of unaffected journalists in keeping themselves completely detached from their subjects.

“And it’s a hard thing because when you’re out there the more you see of human suffering, the more you see of war and tragedies associated with it, the harder it is to allow yourself to be affected by it,” Cooper explained.

He stressed that while he is certainly affected by the scenes of horror he has witnessed, he acknowledges it as normal.

“You end up miserable a lot of times or sad or whatever based on what you’re seeing depending on where you are and that’s okay,” he said. “You’re supposed to be sad at least some of the time.”

Throughout the day, Cooper couldn’t help but reflect on his experiences as a reporter during civil war or ethnic cleansing, rape, famine, disease and the general hostilities and dangers associated with war. A cause he made a special point of, at least several times on Friday, was the conflict in Zaire, or what is known as the Congo.

He often reminded the audience that the conflicts are escalating to the point where they cannot be ignored. Cooper expressed without overwhelming sorrow the individual tales of rape in the region, where villains take pleasure in publicly humiliating and disfiguring women as young as 3 and beyond 85 years old.

It is one particular area he is interested in covering because he believes that even though the viewer demand for it is low, news agencies have a responsibility to tell these people’s stories.

Known for his experiences in reporting on Hurricane Katrina, Cooper also took time to acknowledge the great amounts of hope and desolation he saw in New Orleans.

“I’ve seen a lot of bodies out of the streets, but to see them in the United States was something very different,” he said.

On the flipside, he easily turned the depressed state of the flooded city into a reason to believe that hope exists.

“In the wake of the tsunami we saw complete strangers literally reaching out and saving other strangers,” Cooper said. “In the streets on New Orleans we saw tremendous acts and in the three and a half years since the storm we see tens of thousands of college students going down to New Orleans and volunteering their time instead of taking spring break somewhere fun.”

While Cooper’s “emo journalism” has been criticized, it is a great command of his emotions and sensibility that attracted more than a few of Friday’s audience members to his lecture and his CNN program.

Bryce McKinzie ’12 praised him for his level-headedness despite his chaotic surroundings and his ability to draw in otherwise uninterested viewers.

“They might be watching because of Anderson cooper but they’re actually listening to what he says,” McKinzie said.


Fast Food vs. Slow Food: Buying Organic and Local May Have Positive Impact

Terence Stewart / Special to The Recorder

When you’re a hungry college student living on a tight budget, you’re more than likely to purchase items off of McDonald’s’ dollar menu, rather than a $6 salad made with locally grown vegetables.

But would you be willing to pay more for locally grown foods if you knew it was a benefit to the planet and local economy?

That was one of the “food for thought” questions posed to more than 50 students who attended the panel discussion titled “Fast Food/Slow Food: Are We Ready to Pay the Bill?” in Maloney Hall last Wednesday. 

The goal of the discussion was to educate students on the advantages of eating locally grown fruits, vegetables and grains versus fast food. Most students in the audience were receptive to the idea of purchasing locally grown foods but said the high price tag was a major deterrent.

When panel moderator Dr. David Fearon of the School of Business asked students if they’d be willing to pay more for their meal plans to make organic foods available in the dining halls, only a quarter of the students supported the idea.

“I’m very much into going after what’s local,” said CCSU senior Suzanne Hurd. “But with the price of tuition going up and everything else as well, the price [of locally grown foods] is the only issue.”

However, panelist Jane Slupecki, who works for the Connecticut Department of Agriculture, said the price would be lower if more people started purchasing locally grown fruits, vegetables and grains.

“It’s about supply and demand,” she said. “When the demand increases the price will go down.”

In addition, panelist Mike Kandefer, general manager of Urban Oaks Organic Farm, said some locally grown foods are expensive because they’re certified organic.

To be considered organic, food must be produced without pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, growth hormones, etc. It can cost farmers anywhere from $400 to $1,000 to obtain organic certification, which is why organic foods are costly.

Yet Bill Duesing, director of the Northeast Organic Farming Association in Connecticut, contended the benefits of eating locally grown produce outweigh the benefits of eating fast food. The most obvious benefit is health-related.

“We spend less money on food than any other country and more of our money on healthcare,” said Duesing. “Three or four of the top diseases in this country are connected to what we eat. One of the things we can do to improve our diets is to eat less meat and less dairy products.”

Buying foods produced in Connecticut or the northeast region also helps the environment because it reduces the amounts of energy consumption.

“[Most people] need the equivalent of about a cup of gasoline a day to keep [them] going in terms of energy. Yet we use on average ten times that to deliver our food to us,” said Duesing.

According to panelist Ingrid Jon, district manager of CCSU’s Sodexho Food Services, some of the foods served in the dining halls comes from states such as California, which requires almost 100 gallons of gas to get to Connecticut.

Buying locally would not only decrease energy consumption, but help maintain agricultural jobs in the state as well. Slupecki said farms in Connecticut are disappearing at the fastest rate in the country to develop commercial projects such as shopping malls. That puts many farmers and agricultural workers out of jobs.

Slupecki said these problems could be alleviated if students demanded local foods, educated the community, and supported grassroots efforts to keep farming in Connecticut. 

For information on supporting local farms, visit the Northeast Organic Farming Association’s Web site at www.ctnofa.org.

Poet and Music Professor Team Up to Blend Words and Song

Tonya Malinowski / News Editor

Love is the inexhaustible subject of poets, and collaboration can help those words come alive and transcend the page. 

Now CCSU is welcoming one of the area’s best Spanish language poets, Rafael Osés, along with vocal accompanist Sarah Hersh and CCSU music professor Thomas Schuttenhelm in a collaborative effort that will delve even further into the concept of love.

Sponsored by the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, “Tres Canciónes Españolas” is an exploration of musical response to poetry. 

Schuttenhelm said the creative evolution for the performance originally came from Osés’ poem “Balada” (Ballad), which was written in response to the death of his girlfriend. 

After Hersh heard Osés perform the poem at the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts faculty recital, where they are both instructors, she asked if she could commission a composer to create a musical response to the work.

She approached Schuttenhelm, who composed the musical and vocal response.

“After I completed this work I asked Rafael if he would be willing to write more poems to make a set of pieces that would go together,” Schuttenhelm said. “He provided two more poems: “La Cancion Felina” (Felina’s Song) and an untilted piece, which I called “La Mariposa” (The Butterfly), because it is a significant image in the poem.”

Schuttenhelm is employing many unique musical elements into the performance to portray anger and sorrow, and Hersh’s soprano vocalics will have a half-sung, half-spoken intonation to accentuate the most important words and poetic elements.

“What makes the performance of these three pieces truly unique, is Rafael will give a recitation of each poem before we play the song. Thus, the audience can hear the poem as it was intended to stand, and then hear the musical response to the poem,” Shuttenhelm said.

The performance will be held Monday, May 4 at 6:30 p.m. in Founders Hall. It is free and open to the public.

Discovering Job Opportunities and Strategy

 

Matt Kiernan / News Editor

The International Association of Business Communications put on a panel discussion to help students with the process of finding a job and how to present themselves to future employers.

“Right now college students need to cast a wider net and be flexible,” said client manager of the Hartford Financial Services Group Jodi Wallach.

The panel discussion was between Wallach, human resources representative of DST Output Maryanna Walsh, principal of Professional Resume Plus, LLC John Brubaker and Drina Lynch, assistant dean of graduate studies.

During this economic crisis, employers are planning to hire 22 percent fewer graduates this spring and U.S. job prospects have dropped for the fourteenth straight month. What’s even gloomier is that 5.1 million jobs have been lost since the start of the recession and 8 percent of employers will be forced to rescind some of the offers they made in the fall.

Speakers encouraged students, however, by adding that an optimistic outlook and confidence do help.

“The world will make way for someone who has something to sell and knows how to sell it,” said Brubaker.

“The biggest problem job seekers go through is when they face the same challenges they would in a good economy,” he said, “and if it doesn’t work, they tell their friends it’s because of the economy.”

Lynch said that in order to find a job, students need to focus on their skills, search the job market and arrange interviews for themselves. She used the example of the Stanford University students who created the search engine Google to help the audience picture the possibility of success so long as they apply themselves.

Walsh used examples of unprofessional e-mail addresses to show the pitfalls of not creating a professional identity to have employers believe you’re right for the job. She cited immature usernames, such as “sexyyoungthing”, and informal voicemail messages to show what could be inappropriate in the eyes of employers.

The panel encouraged networking, as 70 percent of job seekers gain some type of success through making connections. Students can also work with faculty and alumni to let them know that they’re looking for a job.

What’s currently on the rise for hiring positions is in the areas of government, pharmacy, healthcare, energy and non-profit organizations. As the economy is slipping into desperate situations for some, these areas seem to lead towards advancing the country and getting it out of the situation it’s in.

Administration is Gearing Up for Fall Advising Improvements

Matt Kiernan / News Editor

Provost Carl Lovitt and President Jack Miller held a campus forum to discuss the future of the Center for Student Success that is to be ready for the fall semester.

“There are a lot of places on this campus where students are well served, but there are some who don’t receive that service for one reason or another,” said Lovitt.

The need for a new advising system sprouted from sluggish procedures and lack of a suitable place for students to obtain the information they needed for classes or other advisement.

The current advising center will be cross-training with the new center to ease the process of getting all of the new employees of advising knowledgeable of what the current employees know and make it easier for students to get the help they need. Some of the cross-training will have training for technology among other things.

One of the concerns being brought up is the need for summer class advisement for the summer semester, which is a month away.

“I think this is something the president and I have to be sensitive to,” said Lovitt.

Lovitt and the president said they want to concentrate on the future of the advising program by focusing on the summer orientation. They want the summer orientation to be a strong start for all students entering CCSU and to have them ready for the fall semester.

Members of the 11 member ad-hoc committee, which will be monitoring the process of the new advising center, could become a combination of various faculty, including members of the athletic center, school-based employees and faculty. The way they’ll be selected isn’t known, but Miller and Lovitt hope to settle the list by the end of the year.

The center will have an introductory role for students entering the university, but is planned to have a continuous role in their time at CCSU.

For the first year starting in the fall, transfer students who have an idea of what they want their major to be are going to most likely be sent to their major’s department for advising. This is to make the establishment of the center an easier process so it won’t be overwhelming for the faculty new to the system and advising.

Although from a poll taken of the faculty where 72 percent of the faculty disagreed with having the new center in place, the provost is optimistic about the idea of the center. The provost said that the center will be monitored carefully and if the system doesn’t fully work, there will be adjustments made.

The managerial faculty will be looking at past advising data and the president’s role will include finding the important factors in graduation and retention.

“I’m certain it won’t be perfect from the start,” said Miller.

The president said that questions and comments will be taken under consideration for adjustments to the system. He gave examples of how the center will know when a student is ready to enter into a major.

The administration will be looking at the biggest problems that will be faced in the creation of the center and try to solve the other problems along the way.

Froning New SGA President

Peter Collin / Managing Editor

The results are in and the new president of the SGA is Andrew Froning. 

Froning narrowly defeated fellow senator Kelly Fournier 336 to 320. Rasheed Taylor came in third at 272 and Zach McGuirk came in a distant fourth with 47 votes.

There were 975 total votes for the election, which more than doubled last year’s turnout of 420. 

Froning ran his campaign based on a platform of unification stating, “…really my whole thing is to unify this campus. Going along with that is something I’ve started this past semester, to bring faculty, students, and staff together. I really want to turn this university from campus to a home for people.”

Serving as Froning’s vice president will be Matt Vekakis, who convincingly captured the position by a 647 vote margin over Kurt Peterson.