1996-11-20; Central Michigan Life
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ENTRAL MICHIGAN LtLV hi Volume 79, Number 38 Mt. Pleasant, MI 48859 ©1996 CM LIFE 77 years of serving the community WEDNESDAY November 20, 1996 18 pages Faculty express mixed reactions to reorganization By Angela Cook LIFE Stair Wrtter Faculty members seem to have a variety of reasons for their yes and no votes concerning how academic reorganization could change their colleges. Last week's college-level vote on the reorganization proposal showed faculty agree with some of the changes and disagree with others. The proposal calls for an eight- college model consisting of the College of Health Professions; the College of Business Administration; the College of Education and Human Services; the College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences; the College of Fine Arts; the College of Science and Technology; the College of Graduate Studies; and the College of Extended Learning. The colleges of Graduate Studies and Extended Learning existed prior to reorganization. The faculty voted by secret ballot on issues affecting the departments within their college and on issues affecting the college. According to Kelvie Comer, dean of Education, Health and Human Services, three out of the four questions her college voted on were very positive. The Mediator attempts to clarify University, AFSCME positions By Dave Borough LIFE Staff Writer CMU's contract negotiations with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees appears to be moving slow. According to Rae Goldsmith, associate vice president for Public Relations and Marketing, the university met with a mediator for approximately an hour and a half on Monday to clarify the positions of each side and to try and get things moving again. Goldsmith said at the meeting university representatives were made aware that AFSCME filed for a petition for "fact finding." Fact finding is where an independent person will be hired to investigate factual information supplied by both sides in the bargaining process, she said. The fact finder will gather information from the public, hear from both sides of the contract and then issue a non-binding recommendation, she said. "Typically this is timely. This will draw out the process," Goldsmith said. "Each side will have attorneys and staff people working for them so there is a cost factor." It will take time for both sides to select a fact finder, and then the fact finder must conduct hearings and briefs that could take months to finish, she said. Linda Philo, president of AFSCME Local 1568, said the university refused to talk with the mediator through them. "The university refused to mediate," Philo said. According to Philo, the union believes the contract the university has offered is completely gutted from front to back. Philo said the university's See NEGOTIATIONS Page 2 English department denies report charges By Kristi L.G. Wyman LIFE Staff Writer The Mackinac Center Report, "Declining Standards at Michigan Public Universities," has raised differing opinions about the validity of the report from the English and teacher education departments. The 88-page report was released Oct. 31 and examines the changes in curricula and teaching methods at 15 state universities, including CMU. The author of the report, Thomas Bertonneau, is an adjunct scholar -with the Mackinac Center for Public Policy and is included in a pool of instructors for CMlTs extended degree program in English. The Mackinac Center for Public Policy in Midland published the report and is a nonpartisan research and education organization. The report focuses on four major areas of study: English, teacher education, general education and foreign language; however, many additional areas of higher education could be affected by the report. Stephen Holder, chair of the English department, said the report brings up legitimate concerns, but the report is badly flawed. See REPORT Page 2 College of Education, Health and Human Services voted 71 percent in favor of creating a College of Health Professions, which would include the departments of communication disorders and health promotion and rehabilitation. According to Comer, the present college has 170 faculty members. She said creating the College of Health Professions, which will be a COMER smaller college, will allow for these areas to better address and focus on issues of concern within their departments. According to Renny Tatcholl, chair of communication disorders, his department is in favor of establishing the new college. He said because students in communication disorders often work in hospitals after graduation, it makes sense to be included in this college. TATCHELL "l think the department Fits very nice into that niche," he said. The college also voted 74 percent in favor of renaming it the College of Education and Human Services. Another item voted on was including counseling and special education; educational administration and community leadership; human environmental studies; physical education and sport; and teacher education and professional development in the College of Education and Human Services. They voted 73 percent in favor of the department of psychology to become part of the proposed College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences. Comer said this vote shows the faculty believes psychology is a social science and belongs with the other social sciences. According to Tim Hartshorne, chair of psychology, the vote went the way it did because the HARTSHORNE See REACTION Page 2 TEST RUN (Below) Reading the part of Ruth, Laketha Lee (right). Grand Rapids junior, expresses her character's frustration with Mama, read by Kim Winiewski, Corunna junior, Tuesday night. Auditions for "A Raisin in the Sun/' directed by Sam Williams, assistant professor of speech communication and dramatic arts, took place Monday and Tuesday nights in the Moore Hall Kiva. (Right) Kyle Hillman, New Buffalo senior, reads the part of Walter Lee. The play, written by Lorraine Hansberry, portrays the life of an African- American family living in a 1950's ghetto of Chicago and their struggle to move on. Performances for "A Raisin in the Sun" will be February 5-7. 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A trial date has been set for Dec. 10. Quincy Wright, Lansing senior, was charged with carrying a concealed weapon on Oct. 19, a felony with a maximum of five years in prison and/or a $2,500 fine. Wright is scheduled for an examination Thursday. The third person involved in the altercation, Damon Pitt, Detroit fresh man, is also being charged with disorderly conduct and is scheduled for a pretrial conference Friday. Wright was a four-year starter for the CMU football team at free safety. Pitt was a freshman receiver. According to Herb Deromedi, CMU Athletics director, Wright was suspended from the team indefinitely and did not play the rest of the season. Pitt served a one-game suspension. The three students were arrested following a confrontation Oct. 19 at 12:20 a.m. According to Central Michigan University Police, two officers were assigned security detail at Finch Fieldhouse for a party co-sponsored by Essence and Phi Delta Psi. The CMU Police called the Mount Pleasant Police Department for backup when a confrontation occurred outside of Finch. Writing Center will offer service to all ■ English dept. will supply additional tutorial help for writers across campus By Kristi L.G. Wyman LIFE Staff Writer Changes in the English department should lead to better writers across campus because extra help is on the way. Pat McLaughlin, director of the basic writing program, said the CMU Writing Center in Moore Hall 207 will be open to all students campus wide next semester. Anyone who needs help on any writing assignments will be able to receive tutorial help, she said. McLaughlin, who directs the center, said the Writing Center helps students develop their writing style and emphasizes the writing process. "It's not a proofreading service,*' she- said. The center helps point out repeated grammar problems and talks students through the problems, she said. Currently the center is only open to students in the ENG 100, Basic Writing, and ENG 103, Freshman Writing, courses, McLaughlin said. About 250 students are required to attend the center biweekly for a half an hour, she said. Stephen Holder, chair of the English department, said ENG 100 is "a developmental course for students who didn't learn composition in high school." He said, "It's a feeder course for (ENG) 101 to bring them up to speed." Students who take ENG 100 have the same professor two semesters in a row for ENG 100 and ENG 101, Freshman Composition, Holder said. "We hand pick who teaches 100," Holder said. "Lower level (courses) need the best teachers." He said this past summer all students at freshman orientation, except candidates for the Centralis Scholarship, wrote essays to receive a recommendation for what English course they should be placed in - ENG 100 or ENG 101. The essay test is taken and jydged at orientation so students know what course they are recommended to take. "We hand pick who teaches 100. Lower level (courses) need the best teachers." STEPHEN HOLDER Chair of English department A team of three English faculty members reads each essay and scores it to determine their recommendation, Holder said. Testing at freshman orientation does not override the CLEP test, Holder said To test out of ENG 101 students still have to take the CLEP test. Students who took the essay exam this summer and were advised to take ENG 100 were not required to take it, he said. Holder said hopefully next summer students placed in ENG 100 will have to take the course as a prerequisite to ENG 101.
|Title||1996-11-20; Central Michigan Life|
|Publisher||Students of Central Michigan University|
|Description||Wednesday, November 20, 1996 issue of the student newspaper of Central Michigan University. Also known as CM-Life. Originally published biweekly. Later published three times a week during the academic year and once a week during the summer. Began publication in 1941. Previously known as Central State Life. Issues from 1999 to the present are available online at the CMLife website.|
|Subject/Keywords||Central Michigan University - Newspapers; Mount Pleasant (Mich.) - Newspapers; Isabella County (Mich.) - Newspapers; College student newspapers and periodicals;|
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