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There's considerable irony in the fact that the Academic Senate, Faculty Association and administration are pushing a new academic calendar.
The calendar, which would eliminate one week of school, would allow CMU to start classes after Labor Day.
After a tumultuous year between the FA, A-Senate and administration, in which all claimed to be working for the students, it seems there is some type of coercion to harm the academics of this school.
This should be clear: The only way students should accept this in any way is if the administration lowers tuition next year and both the FA and administration take pay cuts.
If this passes without those two things happening, all students that take higher education (and the bills they pay for it) seriously, should walk.
Students should picket and not go to classes.
Why not take a few weeks off?
Future CMU students will be paying inflated tuition to a school that will have proven that academics is not the first priority.
The A-Senate has said at meetings that this could be a good option, considering other similar universities have done it.
To that, there is only one response that has been reiterated at least five times in the past year by the Central Michigan Life Editorial Board: Why do we have to copy every other university?
We should be striving for academic excellence.
To prove we certainly aren't striving for excellence with this calendar, take a look at what FA President Laura Frey said about the academic changes behind it.
“The academic calendar committee never intended to have any of the work impede or reduce academic quality,” she said.
[caption id="attachment_126038" align="aligncenter" width="560"] Speaker of the House and Crosswell senior Patrick O'Connor explains changes in the proposal to reject the 15-week academic calendar and takes a vote to reject it on Monday night during the Student Government Association in Anspach Hall.
Executive Director of Faculty Personnel Services Matt Serra said a vote from the Student Government Association alone will not be enough to stop the academic calendar change.
Serra, in a sit-down interview with Central Michigan Life Thursday, said students are a major voice at Central Michigan University, but he doesn’t know how much impact the SGA resolution will have.
The Student Government Association introduced new legislation Monday that would not support a scheduled change to the academic calendar in 2014.
An ad hoc committee in the Academic Senate met and discussed the possibility of changes to the academic calendar, changing the 16-week semester to 15 weeks, and A-Senate voted last spring to reopen discussion on the issue.
After concerns expressed by student groups regarding accusations that the library was unwilling to have an accommodation statement on its website, Dean of Libraries Thomas Moore said the library will change policy.
The concerns were started when SWA President Katelyn Blair was allegedly told by Director of Information Services Timothy Peters last year that "an accommodation for hearing-impaired students is not needed" when she inquired about adding an email to the library's accommodation statement.
When the Mio senior raised similar concerns this year, she was told Peters "didn't want an accommodation statement anywhere but perhaps in the footer of the new library website."
Richard Cochran, assistant dean of libraries, said the allegations were incorrect and said the allegations were made because of miscommunication between students and staff.
"None of the proper people were contacted," Cochran said.
[caption id="attachment_117086" align="alignright" width="536"] The scene at the student tailgate lot on Sept.
The Central Michigan University Pro Bono Legal Clinic will reopen this fall.
Beginning next semester, the clinic will be housed in the Student Organization Center Conference Room in Bovee University Center for four hours, two days a week.
Student Government Association President Justin Gawronski said the specific times for the clinic would be finalized soon.
A miscommunication between the SGA and former legal clinic director Christopher Armelagos led some to believe the clinic would be closed for the 2012-2013 academic year.
Student Government Association Vice President Anna Dvorak resigned exactly one week after her inauguration.
SGA President Justin Gawronski, a Macomb junior, announced the resignation at a general assembly meeting shortly after 7 p.m.
[caption id="attachment_109336" align="aligncenter" width="560" caption="Former SGA President Vincent Cavataio, left, swears in new SGA Vice President Killian Richeson, right, after former Vice President Anna Dvorak resigned 7 days after her inauguration.
[caption id="attachment_107569" align="aligncenter" width="560" caption="Fenton freshman and SGA vice presidential canidate Sean Rositano sits answering questions Tuesday evening in the Charles V.
City Commission has the opportunity to join in the fight against discrimination, and it should jump at the chance.
More than 150 people attended Monday's City Commission meeting to hear a formal presentation on a proposed anti-discrimination ordinance.
Spectrum — a Central Michigan University registered student organization representing the LGBTQ community — and the Student Government Association were among the CMU groups to back the measure.
The ordinance, intended to protect the basic rights individuals are guaranteed to live freely in their pursuit of happiness in all Mount Pleasant facilities and businesses, is long overdue.
Mount Pleasant is behind much of Michigan as the only college town without any protection like this.
Jurisdiction and other details were at the forefront of city commissioners’ concerns at a special work session Monday amid discussion over a proposed anti-discrimination ordinance.
The law, intended to be an all-inclusive rule preventing discriminatory acts at the local level, was first proposed by a group of city residents in November. On Monday, City Attorney Scott Smith, who’s contracted out of a Grand Rapids law firm, broke down the components of a draft ordinance the movement’s leaders provided last year, spurring several questions over its components and efficiency.
The work session was only the first of several steps expected over the next few months, preceding a formal presentation Feb.
These are stormy times for Central Michigan University.
Strife between faculty and administration has left a rift between the two in which students find themselves floundering.
Now, more than ever, students need leadership who we can feel confident is looking out for our concerns when professors and administrators give us conflicting messages about who to trust.
It was, and still is, a golden opportunity for the Student Government Association to attain long-elusive relevance with their constituent student body; an opportunity its executives have thus far done their best to squander.
Instead of taking a firm stand on the Faculty Association contract conflict, the SGA simply released a statement saying, “We are on the side of the students,” and took no further action.
The strongest allies in the world are not much good if instead of aid and guidance they send press releases.
The Student Government Association adopted to support the creation of a coordinator for fraternity and sorority life on Monday.
Currently, Central Michigan University has only one full-time professional working with Greek Life.
The Student Government administration faced heavy opposition on Monday night as students raised their voices about a proposal to restructure the Student Government Association.
After SGA Vice President and Brighton junior Colleen McNeely reintroduced the proposal for a new unicameral system during the SGA meeting, hands began to rise throughout the auditorium.
A unicameral system would disband the house and relocate all of the governmental power to the senate, where a student-elected committee of senator representatives would handle governmental affairs.