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Some students in the College of Business Administration are not pleased with the closing of the Grawn computer lab and the relocation to Ronan Hall.
The outside of the closed Grawn computer lab directs students to a new lab, located in the basement of Ronan Hall.
University President George Ross says Central Michigan University is in a strong position.
Ross delivered the State of the University Address to a crowd of about 500 people Wednesday afternoon in Warriner Hall's Plachta Auditorium.
"We will set aggressive goals and work together in the spirit of civility to continue the legacy of our great university as we light that torch and blaze a trail toward our future," Ross said.
Central Michigan University and the CMU Faculty Association are still at odds as to who should be considered a member of the FA.
The two sides met with fact finder Barry Goldman in Powers Hall Wednesday to discuss the remaining issues that separate both sides from reaching a new contract.
Among the issues was deciding what relation between members of the College of Medicine and coaches for CMU should have with the FA.
College of Medicine Dean Ernest Yoder was under oath as lawyers from both sides asked him how people interviewed for positions for the college reacted about the possibility of being a part of the FA.
"They were uniformly negative about being members of a bargaining unit," he said.
Lawyers for the FA brought up a discussion Yoder had with bargaining units about potential hires for CMED being a part of the group.
Yoder told lawyers, "If it becomes necessary, we will work with the FA," during the meeting with the bargaining group.
Derek van der Merwe, senior associate athletic director, said right now only three coaches are not a part of the FA: Dan Enos, football head coach; Ernie Ziegler, men's basketball coach; and Sue Guevarra, women's basketball coach.
While the FA has reported other coaches want to stay with the bargaining group, van der Merwe said that is not accurate.
"Twenty of 34 (coaches) were in support of moving outside the union," he said.
Issues come up when coaches leave because they are a part of the bargaining group, van der Merwe said.
Ray Christie, vice provost of Academic Administration, answered questions from lawyers about the current economic state of CMU, and said 94 percent of the current budget is from appropriations and tuition.
He was questioned about the financial feasibility of the current FA proposal and he said there was discussions about it between the bargaining teams.
"We've never stated we could not afford it," Christie said.
Christie later said he still thinks what CMU is offering is a "competitive raise."
Reappointment, tenure and promotion policies were also discussed; CMU proposes to extend the time in rank from four to five years for promoted professors to receive their salary increase.
Martin said this change would match the timeline for other promotion salaries, and be consistent with other comparable universities.
Also discussed was the FA's proposal to reduce the number of required meetings between college assistant or associate deans and FA members from twice a year.
Jennifer Green, history associate professor and FA bargaining team member, said the meetings were redundant because college deans already have the authority to speak to faculty members who are not meeting their requirements.
Robert Martin, associate vice provost of faculty and personnel services, said the meetings were a valuable practice, because they provide the opportunity to make sure the FA member is successful.
The next fact-finding hearing will take place Friday at 10 a.m.
“FA strong, FA united," said Faculty Association President Laura Frey and approximately 75 other members Thursday during the first Central Michigan University football tailgate of the season.
Frey said the FA is not any closer to an agreement with the administration and fact-finding begins this Wednesday.
“CMU FA bargaining team (is) still very interested in sitting down across the table from the administration,” Frey said. “We want to bargain now — we want good faith bargaining and we want a fair and equitable contract.”
Thousands of students witnessed the picket and the sound of cheers could be heard from far away.
Students should stand with the faculty and walk out of classes if no deal is reached with the administration's bargaining team.
It is apparent profit and financial gain is the only direction Central Michigan University is taking and it is because of the highest levels of CMU's administration.
CMU officials are still planning for classes Monday, though an agreement with more than 600 members of the Faculty Association hasn't been struck.
"Students should report to their classes," said Director of Public Relations Steve Smith.
Monday, the FA took a vote to allow "any and all job actions" which could include not showing up to teach, to not attending meetings, returning emails and holding office hours.
Smith said it would be "speculatory" to comment on what would happen Monday should faculty decide to have a work stoppage.
The FA has tentatively planned a closed meeting at 7 p.m.
The university’s alleged position table is a “regression” and “insult” for faculty members contracts, faculty members said at demonstrations today.
The university reportedly offered a pay freeze for all faculty, a 15- to 20-percent reduction in health contributions and removal of department chairs, coaches and librarians from the Faculty Association.
The Grawn Computer Lab is being relocated to the basement of Ronan Hall to make way for classroom space and group meeting rooms.
The plan has been in discussion from as early as March and was recently finalized.
Central Michigan University President George Ross can question the validity and accuracy of the Detroit Free Press story published on March 27, all he wants, as I question the effectiveness of paying university administration huge salaries. This administration continues to raise our tuition and spend it on what, in my mind, are frivolous ventures such as a medical school. I see no controversy in this news report from the Detroit Free Press. I do see why the administration would argue it, because it makes them look bad, and CMU cannot have that.
Everything starts with an idea and sometimes it can end with a $30,000 check. For Daniel Pearson and Tyler Gostinger, that is exactly what happened last Friday with their business venture. During Central Michigan University’s New Venture Competition, a university-wide business plan competition launched by the College of Business Administration, it gave students from all fields of study a chance compete
I have failed my journalistic goal of being a watchdog for the public. I have failed to ask the questions that a journalist who cares about the community he lives in should when something doesn't add up. I have not been vigilant on this campus. I have been negligent in questioning the people in its elevated positions
A popular campus computer lab is under discussion for relocation by university officials. The Grawn Hall computer lab is one of two extended-hour computer labs on campus. The Grawn lab is open as late as 1 a.m. on weekdays. “A lot of people use this lab," she said. "I print things off before classes. This is my lab, it’s perfect for business students.”
Sue Murphy has not left Central Michigan University despite what she considers unideal circumstances. The English language and literature instructor picketed Monday outside the Education and Human Services Building with about 15 other temporary faculty members of the Union of Teaching Faculty.
The Union of Teaching Faculty will picket next week to inform the campus of its grievances accrued in its efforts to secure greater job benefits. Union members are set to appear from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday outside the Education and Human Services Building to express unhappiness with administrators' most recent proposal regarding benefits and job security .
A small group of graduate students and faculty members spent their first two weeks of winter break on the other side of the world. Four professors and four business administration graduate students represented Central Michigan University in a delegation that visited three universities and three businesses in India from Dec. 10 to Dec. 22.
A university-wide business plan competition with a first place prize of $30,000 has been launched by the College of Business Administration.
The New Venture Competition allows students from all fields of study to create a business plan to better the success of Central Michigan University students and Michigan’s economy.
I usually don’t think twice where my tuition dollars go because I want to be in college to learn and grow as a person.
That thought process changes quickly when I am faced with closed doors from university officials in authoritative positions who seem to be out of reach for students.
Charles Crespy may be in a position of leadership, but he doesn’t mind it if you simply call him “Chuck.” The new College of Business Administration dean began work June 15 and his engaging personality has been welcomed to the table by other staff and faculty.
Charles Crespy has been named as the new dean for the College of Business Administration and will begin on June 15.
Crespy, who was named head of the college today, is currently a professor at the University of New Mexico.
As the 2009-10 academic year comes to an end, it is important to both look back at the last year and forward to the next.