Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Sean Marotta

Trustees still undecided on tuition price

Though the April 24 meeting of the Board of Trustees was announced as the annual tuition hearing, students won't know how much tuition and fees will be until July 10. Instead, the presentation was a report on the state of the College's finances and how the College is looking to spend its money next year and in the future.

Final exam policy re-examined by College policies committee

The Committee on Academic Policies (CAP) released a new final exam policy for the College. The new policy requires that finals be given during finals week and that they count for at least 15 percent but no more than 50 percent of the grade for a course. As part of the new policy, CAP held a sparsely attended open forum for faculty and students on April 20.

Former Whitman aide speaks at forum

Eileen McGinnis, senior vice president at Whitman Strategy Group and adjunct professor of political science, spoke Thursday as part of the political science department's weekly politics forum. McGinnis served as chief of staff for Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator and former New Jersey governor Christine Todd Whitman.

The ethics behind fighting terrorism

Jeff McMahan, professor of philosophy at Rutgers University, delivered his talk "War, Terrorism, and the War on Terror" to a mix of faculty and students in the library auditorium on March 6, giving his vision for an ethically permissible war on terror. Anti-terrorism operations, McMahan said, are more like police work than war fighting.

Coulter and controversy at CPAC

Thirteen College Republicans attended the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington, D.C. from March 1-3. The conference, considered one of the annual rites for young, politically active conservatives, was attended by speakers ranging from Vice President Dick Cheney to Sean Hannity.

Some like it hot

The College has issued a safety warning regarding Wal-Mart's No Boundaries 5-Light Multicolored Floor Lamp and other lamps with a similar plastic shade design following two "near misses" with the lamp at SUNY-Fredonia. Students may not keep the lamp in residence with standard incandescent bulbs, but may either remove them or replace the bulbs with "cool to the touch" compact florescent bulbs that burn at a lesser temperature.

College takes on steamy new project

The College now has a new construction eyesore on its hands, a long trench running along the rear of Green Hall near Brower Student Center. Surrounded by temporary fencing and wooden signs marking a "Temporary Sidewalk," the work is needed to replace aging steam distribution pipes and should be done by March, weather permitting.

Weber advises students to clean up dirty NJ politics

Republican State Assembly candidate Jay Weber visited the College Republicans on Nov. 29 to talk about corruption in New Jersey, how to reduce it and how Republicans can make a comeback in the Garden State. Weber said that corruption might not be a winning election issue for Republicans, but clean governance is worth pursuing.

Guster’s demands include healthy snacks

Guster might have radio standards such as "Amsterdam," but did you know the band prefers red wine, soy milk and Odwalla juice drink? All bands have a list of demands, formally called "riders," in their contracts that lay out just what they want - from food, to drinks, to black athletic socks - when they perform.

Report shows ‘erosion of trust’ in higher education

Faculty, staff, and administrators met Nov. 15 for the second of two open public forums hosted by Beth Paul, interim provost, to discuss the Spellings Report, a comprehensive federal study about the current state of higher education. Conversation focused on how to respond to the report, how to improve access for minorities, and how to justify rising costs to the public.

Spellings Report outlines challenges for College

Faculty and administrators gathered to discuss the impact of the Spellings Report, a Department of Education report on the state of higher education in the United States, in the New Library auditorium on Tuesday, Nov. 7. The discussion, led by interim provost Beth Paul, revolved around how the College should respond to the report and how the College can meet some of the report's challenges.

Dead man’s defense

Sister Helen Prejean, a leading death penalty abolitionist and author of the book "Dead Man Walking," which was made into a movie starring Susan Sarandon, spoke to a crowd of students and staff at the Mayo Concert Hall in the Music Building on Nov. 2. In her hour-long talk, which focused on the prisoners' and victims' families, she argued that the death penalty degrades the dignity of inmates and doesn't bring families the justice they seek.

A problem so drastic they changed to plastic

For the past week-and-a-half, diners in Eickhoff Hall have been without silverware and ceramic plates. However, many students don't mind the shift, feeling that with plastic forks and knives there's a better guarantee of cleanliness. According to John Higgins, general manager of Dining Services, the dishwasher has had two problems over the last week-and-a-half.

Lake Ceva be dammed

A small but dedicated group of College and local community members came out in the pouring rain Tuesday, Oct. 17, for a public meeting on the impact of the Lake Ceva dam repair project. The dam project requires draining the lake down to a depth of two feet and is scheduled to be completed by May 31 or sooner, according to William Rudeau, director of Construction.

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