1978-02-10; Central Michigan Life
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LIFE Volume 59 No. 54 Mount pleasant, Mich. 48859 Friday, Feb. 10,1978 Chairpersons call for greater input byTONYDEARING LIFE News Editor Claiming administrative decisions are being'handed down from Warriner Hall with little or no faculty input, 16 department chairpersons have petitioned the provost to express their "frustration." In a tersely worded letter delivered to Provost John E. Cantelon Wednesday, the chairpersons of the School of Arts and Sciences listed a series of recent practices by the Administration which they have found disturbing. In the petition, the chairpersons listed four specific grievances against the. Ad- mlnistration's academic decision-making process. Their complaints were: -"We are asked to implement decisions we had no part in formulating." - "The apparent lack of fiscal management at the University level creates undue burdens at the department level." «-"The planning process is adhered to or abandoned capriciously." -"Long-range goals that adversely affect departments are set with a minimum of prior consultation with faculty." Every department chairperson in the school signed the petition; which was designed to impress upon Cantelon "the seriousness of these continuing probierBS:" * - * * ' "It pleases me to observe that in their recent letter the chairpersons have raised substantive issues," Cantelon responded in a prepared statement Thursday. "It certainly indicates there has been a problem of communication within Arts and Sciences and between that school and the Provost's Office. "The entire University community ought to be aware that chairpersons have recently been burdened with a number of federal regulations in such areas as student records and by provisions of the recent bargaining agreement with the Faculty Association," " the. statement continued. "I would be pleased to meet with the Arts and Sciences chairpersons to see what can be done within the latitude permitted by these regulations and agreement to address problems they have raised," Cantelon concluded. Contacted Thursday, several signing chairpersons emphasized again the seriousness, of the petition, indicating emotions were running high in the school among those who believe they are not being heard by their provost. While the petition does not support itself with specific incidents, the chairpersons contacted Thursday agreed it does express their chief concern-a concern that when decisions are made by Cantelon, the role of faculty input is "relatively minor." "The reason we wrote the petition is because of the kinds of decisions that seem to have been imposed from above," Joyce Pillote, Philosophy Department chairperson, said. "Cantelon's style is more autocratic; input is relatively minor." "We don't have the feeling our point of view is being understood," Baird Tipson, Religion Department chairperson, agreed. "We all understand the provost alone must be responsible for- the decisions he makes and we don't expect a veto," Tipson said. "However, it is our feeling the provost is not getting enough input from, the chairpersons and not getting the right input." Thursday, the chairpersons listed a number of recent cases in which they said administrative decisions were —CMU seeks dismissal of Wilson tumbling suit—page 3 —Financial aid , forms ready for processing—page 6 —Cagers get by Northern Illinois—page 9 —Central faces Kent State—page 10 Although he carries a "challenging" class load and is a Resident Assistant in Saxe Hall, Ti* Edwards, Flint senior, finds time , to he an active member of the Academic Senate. He currently is involved in rehearsals for Sake-Herrig'B production of the play "Once Upon a Mattress" and despite all these activities, Edwards manages to practice carpentry as a hobby (LIFE photo by DavidFrite). , * made without first consulting faculty. These included ..the announcement earlier this semester of a possible merge between' the Journalism Department and the Broadcast and Cinematic Arts Area of the Department of Speech and Dramatic Arts and the decision by the Provost's Office to create a contingency fund for FTE (Full-time equivalent) by taking FTE from the schools. (See "Cantelon-" page 5) There is no misery quite like the shared misery of waiting in line with around 50 other persons to get into the cold clinic at the University Health Services. At least Kim Walker, Oak Park freshman (left), and Debbie Bennett, New Era sophomore, do not seem to be appreciating the clinic's theraputic value (LIFE photo by Pam Eckman). Board seeking 'respect' SA ponders efficiency byTIMCUPRISIN and JOEGITTER LIFE Staff Writers A soul-searching discussion among members of the Student Association (SA) Board of Directors as to the group's effectiveness culminated in agreement the board should investigate the campus parking situation. With uncompleted or new business facing the board, Janet Schrock, Wpmen's Health and Information Project representative, expressed her uncertainty Wednesday the board may not be representing students as well as it could. "I'm having an identity crisis as to my position on this board. How much do we really represent the student?" Schrock, Detroit senior, said. "I think, as a body, we could have a lot of power, but I think the Administration thinks we're a joke," ' Al'StolpeVColoma jutii6r,> Said, "I'm a JunTor at-large representative and I'm supposed to bring issues to the table that concern juniors. It's really difficult to find anything. "The ideal thing would be to think back on the people we're supposed to represent," he added. Board members aired their doubts and displeasures about factionalism and dissention on the board. "We're supposed to be here in a respectable, business-like atmosphere. It often turns out more like Sesame Street," Brenda Smiley, Organization for Black Unity representative, said. Student Body President Steve Trudeau related how some board members have told him they are afraid to speak at meetings because they fear intimidation by other members. "The only way to get respect for this board is to get an issue and start fighting for it," Trudeau, St. Clair Shores senior, said. In turning the discussion toward campus issues, Richard Kerr, graduate at-large representative, voiced, concern about the Department of Public Safety's (DPS) parking violation appeal process. (See "SA identity-" page 6) Fire safety in CMU dorms equal to most official says by JACKSON TELFER LIFE Staff Writer CMU's 19 residence halls are "as safe as 90 percent of the residence halls in the country," an Auxiliary Services official said. Jerry Quick, director of Residences and Auxiliary Services, said, "No changes in the existing fire alarm system have been proposed" as a result of a study by a CMU official unfavorably comparing fire safety at CMU with Providence College in Rhode Island. "Until someone makes me aware of some changes which are required, I can think of no reason to make any changes in the existing fire alarm system," Quick said. The study, conducted by Robert Schaibly, Physical Plant safety engineer, revealed CMU residence halls have fewer fire safety provisions than the dormitory at Providence College where nine women died in a December fire. Quick said he based his opinion on 15 years of work in various university housing offices and visits to universities across the country. The University of Houston, University of Washington, Kent State University and University of Seattle are some of the institutions where Quick said he has visited residence halls. Schaibly said he did not know if Quick was correct in saying CMU was as safe as 90 percent of residence halls' at universities Busy academic addict fights student apathy b> JOHN GROG AN LIFE Staff Writer .Are these apathetic days on the University campus; days filled with just about everything except involvement and commitment? Some students may say so, but they obviously have not met "Tim Edwards, Flint senior, academic senator; Saxe Hall resident assistant, academics addict and more. Edwards reports he enjoys keeping busy, possibly an understatement. Last semester he carried 21 credit hours, played the lead role in the Saxe-Herrig production of "Godspell," struggled with Senate through the University Program (UP) general education plan and was a member of the UP Implementation Committee. In addition, Edwards had his RA responsibilities to contend with, and found time for intramural field hockey and softball as well. "It got pretty hectic at times," he said. This semester rings a similar note. Still an RA and a senator, Edwards currently serves on Senate's Executive Board, deciding topics for Senate debate and setting agendas, among other responsibilities. He also is involved in Saxe-Herrig's Winter Semester production of "Once upon a Mattress," and is once again carrying an. academic load he labeled "challenging." "By nature, I'm really participative in many activities, especially campus activities," he said. "Academic Senate was something new to try." As an academic senator, Edwards and five other student senators represent the student body in the academic decision-making process. Edwards recalled applying for a student senator position through the Student Association and discovering he was one of only two candidates who applied for the six positions. "That shows what kind of apathy there is on campus," . he said. However, as a senator Edwards said he continually is impressed at the dedication and conscientiousness present in the Senate. "In the past, Academic Senate has proven how truly progressive Central is," he said. He listed CMU's general education and continuing education* programs as being "years ahead of their time." . Discussing his experience as a senator, Edwards said: "I'm very happy that I had the opportunity to get involved in it. I have-learned more through my experience with Senate than I have through any class or series of classes." Although involved in many facets of campus life, Edwards admitted his special interest is academic endeavors. "My love is learning," he said. "Like a dog with a stick, throw me a book and I'll go fetch it." throughout the country. "I have not been around the whole country, so I don't know," Schaibly said. Quick said, "Let me say that we are always concerned about the safety of our residence hall students. We never let our guard down." "Our fire alarm system is a good fire alarm system," he continued. "It met all codes at the, time the buildings were constructed and in many cases it exceeded requirements. "The thing to emphasize is that'while the structure is itself fire resistant, there is no such thing as a fire-proof building," Quick added. Quick said the Office of Student Affairs and Residence and Auxiliary Services are working together to reduce the number of false fire alarms on campus, the offices' number-one priority. Glass boxes have been placed over pull switch alarms so alarms cannot be set off without first breaking the glass, Quick said, , "The major problem in the Providence College fire was that they had had a large number of false fire alarms and the (students) began to ignore them," he added. Quick staid as a result of the Providence fire, many universities have been looking into the possibility of establishing an automatic expulsion policy for students caught pulling false alarms. He said he believed CMU also might consider such a policy in the future. The two CMU offices also are publicizing fire safety procedures and, working on a fire safety brochure to be distributed to residence hall occupants, he said. (See "Fire-" page 6) .*s .... j 4'
|Title||1978-02-10; Central Michigan Life|
|Publisher||Students of Central Michigan University|
|Description||Friday, February 10, 1978 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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