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Dear President Ross,
As Central Michigan University prepares to commemorate its 120th anniversary, it is an appropriate time to reflect on the past, review the growth and transformation happening at present, and have the foresight to enact steps to transport the university to its highest level in the future.
I wanted to provide some additional insight to the “Muffled Media” editorial published in the August 26th edition as well as the “Misinformation” editorial on August 29, 2011. It was made apparent to me late Tuesday evening (August 23rd) in an open, frank student conversation that there were unanswered questions on a number of topics related to the August 22nd work stoppage, the filed Temporary Restraining Order on the FA, faculty contract issues, and university finances.
Very clearly stated and quite widely used, the mission statement of the Central Michigan University Student Government Association is: “Dedicated to inspiring improvement throughout its community by providing and promoting advocacy amongst and for its constituency, in hopes of developing a healthy and diverse learning environment while fostering a positive image of our university.” Put exceedingly simply, SGA is responsible for promoting ‘advocacy of the students,’ at whole, of CMU and to provide to them a ‘healthy learning environment.’
Best friends Granger senior Justin Burnham and Washington senior Abbie Diaz are distributing encouraging letters to every Central Michigan University faculty and staff member.
I have been teaching at CMU for eighteen years now, as what the university calls a “fixed term employee.”
I appreciate your "students lose" headline because I believe students need to realize just how much of a stake they have in the current negotiations and that the significance of what is occurring goes well beyond the temporary confusion surrounding any missed classes.
Are you angry about the current bargaining situation between CMU and the Faculty? If I were a student, I would be. I am a professor, and I can assure you I am deeply disturbed by these negotiations. Here is a brief primer on why I am so upset:
Michigan received tremendous news (the week of July 31) when Fitch Ratings announced that it revised our bond rating outlook from stable to positive. Fitch is one of the leading national bond rating agencies, and its ratings affect the ability of governments and schools to finance projects. This is a very positive sign for our state, and it represents the first step in improving our AA- bond rating and improving our economy.
As a Central Michigan Life alumnus I have worked with many fine reporters, one of which is Maria Amante. But there is one thing she is not: a pop culture analyst.
Throughout the year it has been our pleasure to collaborate with CM Life and reporters from a wide range of media outlets in their coverage of university news. We take seriously our role of assisting CMU administrators and staff in working with reporters, which has prompted this response to Wednesday’s CM Life editorial.
The brains of some people are built to lie, says a new study. Psychologists at the University of Southern California screened 108 people, classifying them as either habitual liars or truth-tellers.
I applaud Mr. Inks and you for not censoring the comments on his “tasteless” article concerning the 9/11 Truth Movement. It is too bad he did so little research before writing the piece but hopefully the replies will inspire him to seriously investigate topics before betraying the trust of his readers again as so many “journalists” in this nation have become accustomed to doing. Had he attended the Richard Gage, AIA presentation at Lawrence Technological University on April 18 (I was there), I am certain he would not have been so quick to dismiss the unified professional opinion of almost 1500 licensed architects and engineers who all agree only explosives could have caused the level of destruction we witnessed in NYC on 9/11.
Michigan’s legislature is letting Kennecott Minerals rip off the state and not pay its fair share in taxes on the copper, nickel and precious metals they plan to mine in the Upper Peninsula (Eagle Project).
In response to “SGA backs gender-neutral housing” published Friday, March 25
Attempting to succinctly and clearly explain something as complex as a university budget is difficult for trained professionals, let alone us lay people.
I have never understood why Michigan funds K-12 on a per-student basis but universities on some other formula.
I would like very much to object to the article “Why worry about a fantasy? It’s not reality.” To state “pornography is not a threat to a relationship and should not be treated as such,” underestimates a power that time and time again has proven in our society that it will destroy marriages and relationships.
Most of the information about how direct deposit and checks work is staggeringly incorrect.
CMU’s plan to eliminate paper checks in favor of direct deposit and debit cards should infuriate everyone that does business with the University.