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Faculty Senate Wants More Funding For Sabbatical Leave

By Acadia Otlowski 

The Sabbatical Leave Committee reported to Faculty Senate that they were forced to turn away 11 applications for sabbatical leave this semester.

The committee said that they received 35 applications for sabbatical leave. CCSU has only been allotted 24 positions for sabbatical leave. There are 70 positions for the entirety of the CSU schools.

“What it can’t convey is how depressing it is that 11 perfectly qualified sabbatical leave applications were turned away,” said Kathy Martin-Troy, a member of the committee.

“Somehow we have to find a way to make more sabbatical leaves available. [This] does not imply that they were inadequate in any way shape or form,” said Martin-Troy.

The committee stresses that it is only the lack of funding for these sabbaticals that prevented more from being distributed.

“There are 11 people who put together 11 incredibly meritorious proposals. It is painful to be on a committee, confront a colleague whose readout is outstanding, whose proposal is meritorious and have to ask them ‘Why you? Why now?’” said Cindy White, a communications professor.

White described the process as incredibly painful.

“It was really torturous, I know it was for myself and I think it was for everyone who served on this committee,” said White.

She recommends that the University pushes for more sabbatical leave time.

“We need to as a faculty, we need as an institution to be very loud about the limited numbers of sabbaticals available to a faculty that is doing extraordinary work under increasingly difficult conditions. And to those 11 people who did not get funded, I am profoundly sorry,” said White.

James Mulrooney, president of faculty senate, also expressed his thoughts about the decision that was made to have Rudy Guliani chosen as the speaker for the Vance Lecture series.

“I’m a little disappointed. There was very little faculty or student input. We were assured that there was going to be more input that the speaker would be someone CCSU could stand behind,” said Mulrooney.

The senate ended the meeting with a discussion about the recent Board of Regents’ decisions and expressed their support for the student demonstrations being held during March.

Student Leaders Plan Demonstration Against Large Tuition Hikes

Increase Discussed, Response Agreed On

By Acadia Otlowski

Students have started organizing demonstrations after the Board of Regents Finance Committee pushed a vote this Tuesday that would approve a significant increase for in-state tuition for Connecticut State University (CSU) students.

David Ravizzo leads a discussion to student leaders at a public forum last Thursday.

“Whenever the state is looking to rise a little more or save a little money, they cut our funding for the state universities,” said Danny Ravizzo, a member of the Connecticut Citizen Action Group and the one organizing protests in colleges across the state.

Student leaders from across the state met at an open forum held Feb. 21 at CCSU. Their organized protests ranging from the campus to a protest in Hartford later in March were planned to get as many students involved as possible.

“To build momentum takes time,” said CCSU SGA Sen. Chris Marcelli at the forum. “The more you ask from people the more they give you. If you ask them to come to five things they’ll come to one.”

The proposed tuition increase would affect all in-state students attending CCSU. The Connecticut students living on-campus face as much as an $835 increase in tuition from this year to next year, according to documents from the Board of Regents. This represents a 4.5 percent increase in tuition for those students.

Manchester Community College and Quinebaug Valley Community College attended the forum to contribute their perspectives on the budget cuts and tuition hikes.

In-state commuter students would be expected to pay  $385 more than this year, a 4.6 percent increase.

Despite these numbers, what has enraged those organizing against the proposal is that out-of-state students will pay a lower tuition this year than they did last year.

According to documents from the Board of Regents, CCSU residential students from out-of-state will pay $113 less, a commuter from out-of-state will pay $563 less.

All CSU schools except Eastern project a drop in enrollment in upcoming years. In the Finance Committee’s proposal to the Board of Regents, it is suggested that these low numbers stem from a lack of out-of-state students who are daunted by high tuition rates.

“Everyone would like to see it as minimal as possible,” said President Miller of the tuition hikes. He explained that mandatory pay raises  for unionized faculty accounts for millions of dollars that are not accounted for in the budget.

“It’s not realistic for it to be zero,” said Miller of the increase.

His opinion regarding the drop in out-of-state tuition is that it reflects the CSU’s desire for revenue.

“My opinion is that the out of state students pay so much more. I think they’re (the Finance Committee) hopeful it will bring in a few more people,” said Miller, explaining that the out-of-state students bring in more revenue than in-state students.

Despite this, student leaders express the feeling of being alienated by the cut in out-of-state rates.

“I know I was elected into our Student Advisory Committee to represent all students, but the high majority of our students are in-state residents and I have to look after that,” said CCSU SGA Treasurer Nick Alaimo.

“One thing that does kill me is the out-of-state residents and [the fact that] they are at a decrease right now,” Alaimo continued, reflecting the sentiments of many students who feel as if the drop in out-of-state rates is unfair.

Others worry that residence halls will become even more quiet with the raise in tuition. Robert Vance Hall, a dormitory on campus, has begun to offer single rooms to students, hoping to entice students to live on campus.

“The room at last week’s IRC meeting became uneasy very quickly when I mentioned the idea that resident tuition and fees could increase by $890 next year, based on most recent recommendations. I’m very concerned about the number of students choosing to live in the residence halls,” said Bergenn.

“Living here on campus is very expensive compared to living off-campus. I lived two years here (on campus) and two years in an apartment and it’s significantly cheaper to live off-campus,” said Alaimo, citing cost as a main factor as to why students do not live in on-campus housing.

Student leaders at the open forum planned the first stages of demonstration for a little more than a week from the forum on. By then, they hoped to already have some students engaged in the process of informing others.

“My thinking is to get as many people as we can,” said Daniel Piper of the CCSU Youth for Socialist Action at the forum  on Thursday. “It’s to add a second layer of leadership into this. People who get personally invested have a better understanding as to what is going on, get in the game plan, and make those personal connections.”

Student leaders have planned a building meeting just after a panel discussion about the value of a college degree. This will be held March 5, after the Board of Regents votes on the motion proposed by the Finance Committee. There will then be a rally in the Student Circle at 2 p.m. on March 11.

University Sends Three Clery Letters In Four Days

By Kassondra Granata and Justin Muszynski

CCSU officials have released three crime alerts to students within the last week notifying them of potential dangers on campus in accordance with the Jeanne Clery Act.

The first was sent out on Friday, notifying the campus community of an alleged sexual assault that occurred in the Willard and DiLoretto Hall parking lot. The victim reported to police on Thursday that a “man pushed her into a car and sexually assaulted her.” The assault allegedly happened in the evening hours of a night late in late January.

“We really have very little information at this time,” said Lt. Edward Dercole of the CCSU police. As of Monday, the police said that they had no suspects and that the investigation is open.

The other two notifications went out Monday. The first warned students of a man, Daniel Smedley, 24, of New Britain, who allegedly threatened to kill a female CCSU commuter student. Police say Smedley may be driving a 2004 Chevrolet Trail Blazer with the Connecticut license plate 655-XWC.

Daniel Smedley”He left a voice message on the student’s cell phone,” said Mark McLaughlin, university spokesman. “This was not a random act. They knew each other.”

“He left a voice message on the student’s cell phone,” said Mark McLaughlin, university spokesman. “This was not a random act. They knew each other.”

McLaughlin said that the voicemail was left on the student’s phone a week-and-a-half-ago, but was just reported to the University that morning.

“She knew him and because of the nature of the threat, we met and discussed it,” McLaughlin said. “The Clery Act is when we notify the campus of the threat. We want to make everyone aware of it and have stepped up patrols to do everything we can to make the students safe and protect the student as well.”

The second notification was in regards to a suspect wanted by the UConn police. Michael Moses Tarpeh, also known as “Big Mike,” has been accused on many different assault charges throughout campuses.

Michael “Big Mike” Tarpeh

“He’s been known to be on many different campuses,” McLaughlin said on Tarpeh. “It is because of this that this notification was sent.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Lt. Edward Dercole (860) 832-2394, Det. Densil Samuda (860) 832-2381 or the CCSUpolice dispatcher (860) 832-2375.

Alleged Vandals Charged In Bubble Incident

By Justin Muszynski

iser Annex at Central Connecticut State University are facing felony charges for their alleged roles in the incident.

Kyle Firlik, 18, Michael Lambton, 19, and David LeClerc, 19, have been charged with criminal mischief and conspiracy to commit criminal mischief because of an event last November that saw the Kaiser “Bubble” slashed in several spots, leaving lacerations up to 10 feet in length in some places.

In the early morning hours of Nov. 1, CCSU officials found the damage after the facilities department noticed that there was low pressure in the annex, according to the arrest warrant. The police were able to identify the three suspects using video surveillance footage.

After being taken in for questioning, LeClerc and Firlik admitted to damaging the bubble, whereas Lambton maintained that he only went along and never engaged in the vandalism, according to the warrant. It also says in the warrant that Firlik and Lambton told police that they were under the influence of alcohol while LeClerc admitted to smoking marijuana the night of the incident. The accused allegedly used a box cutter, scissors and an exacto knife to slash the tarp-like material that the bubble consists of, according to the warrant.

At the time of the vandalism, Lambton and LeClerc were attending the university, but Firlik was just visiting. Mark McLaughlin, CCSU spokesperson, said that he could not comment on LeClerc’s and Lambton’s current enrollment status at CCSU due to FERPA laws.

The annex has since been fixed with the restorations estimated to cost over $57,000.

“Insurance would not cover it so the school had to put up the initial money for the repairs to get it back up and running,” said Richard Bachoo, chief administrative officer at CCSU. “The goal would be to get [the accused] to reimburse us through the courts.”

The Kaiser Annex, commonly referred to as “the bubble,” is used for recreational activities and as a practice facility for school sponsored sports.

Lambton, Firlik and LeClerc could not be reached for comment. The police have restricted Firlik from coming on campus from November of 2011 until November 2014.

All three accused were arrested in December. Their bond was posted at $10,000. Firlik and LeClerc used a bondsman while Lambton was bailed out in cash, according to court documents. LeClerc and Lambton were scheduled to appear in New Britain Superior Court Monday and Tuesday respectively. Firlik is slated to attend court March 8.

CCSU Students Voice Opinion On Gun Control

In order of sound:
1. Dan McAllen
2. Alyssa Patenaude
3. Shae Sou
4. Sergeant Greg Kowolski
5. Brittany Levine, Member of the Rifle and Marksmanship Club
6. Ryan Cool
7. Skyler Magnoli- Thomas Hobca
8. Thomas Madden
9. Edward Geiger
10. Peter Johnson
11. Jack Kelner, Co President of the Rifle and Marksmanship Club
Sound bites contributed by: Kassondra Granata, Justin Muszynski, Skyler Magnoli, Derek Turner, and Navindra Persaud
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