Monthly Archives: October 2011
Every two years, the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art presents its “Beyond Bounds” art auction event. Painters, sculptors and mixed media artists donate their time and expertise to create unique pieces for auction to private, public and corporate collectors.
The museum provides the media for the artists to create their visions based on the theme that the museum’s foundation chooses. Past mediums have included sterling silver squares and 24-karat gold leaf.
Two years ago, the foundation chose ruby red to commemorate the college’s 40th anniversary. This year, the foundation decided to symbolize how artists enrich our community. Bruce Hartman, director of the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, described the theme in one word: “Brilliant.”
By Mackenzie Clark
A new group has formed on campus with the goal of centering programs and events on student culture and interests.
The Multicultural Student Advisory Committee is open to all students. They meet biweekly and discuss upcoming events and possibilities for activities that will highlight individual cultures of the student body.
Gabrielle Bryant, student and member of the committee, said the idea of “culture” is not limited to different ethnicities and religions.
“We have so many clubs on campus that are just a culture in itself, like Anime Club, or I’m with Active Minds,” Bryant said. She cites the Swing Dance Club’s recent D-Day of Swing as a perfect example.
Mindy Kinnaman, manager of Student Life and Leadership Development and advisor to the committee, said the committee would like to produce events that students will find more exciting and compelling.
“We really wanted to expand more beyond lecturing,” Kinnaman said. “We have lectures that happen all across campus, but we really wanted to do programs for students by students.”
By Tasha Cook
Upon completing last year’s NJCAA volleyball title game, the Lady Cavs exited second best in the nation. This year, the team began its season ranked first in the nation in the NJCAA Division II Volleyball Preseason Poll and as of Oct. 8 is undefeated in its conference.
The Lady Cavs are 18-10 overall for the season, with a conference record of 6-0.
Four sophomores returned to the team this year. Referred to as the “Fab Four” by coach Jennifer Ei, they consist of Emily Hester, Cassie O’Brien, Brianna Winn and Crystal Simon. Seven freshmen make up the remainder of the team.
Coach Ei said the freshmen have received a great amount of help from the veterans.
“The sophomores have been great leaders,” Ei said. “[They] really have helped them out to know what the program’s about, what’s expected of them. Also with all the incoming freshmen, five out of the seven have played club together for several years, so their chemistry is really good. Instead of fighting that, everyone has just joined in.”
By Dillan Straight
Despite the endless allegations, first overall pick pressure, and the entire fate of a franchise on its last leg, Cam Newton is changing the way of the modern quarterback.
Sure we could break down his “believed” allegations, his Heisman acceptance speech, or just get down to the good stuff and talk about how Cecil Newton is up for the nomination as “Top Helicopter Parent of the Year Award.” But that’s already been ripped, shattered, and torn by every sports writer to the edge of the world and back, so let’s break into Sir Cam’s most recent endeavor – revolutionizing the QB position.
In his final season at Auburn or in Cam’s case his third start as quarterback for an entirely different football program; Newton posted ungodly numbers. Passing for 2,854 yards, securing 30 touchdowns (completing 185 out of 280 attempts – 66.1% completion) while also leaving defenses scrambling in rushing for 20 touchdowns and 1473 yards on the ground. Newton took over for Auburn as he led the Tigers to a National Championship in subduing Oregon and “their basketball-like scores” in a 22-19 win for the title.
Upon landing the first overall pick for the 2011, the Carolina Panthers looked past the maelstrom of allegations while Jerry Richardson did everything but openly admits Ron Burgundy-esque “Jimmy Clausen was a bad choice!” and take Newton with the top pick.
Photos by Michael House.
By Ashley Jenks
An alumna and best-selling author, recently released a new book and spoke at Unity Temple on the Place on Oct. 4.
Candice Millard, college alumna, was very similar to many of the college’s students, said Steve Gerson, English professor, who taught one of her classes and later hired her as a babysitter.
“She, like almost every other student, came to this college because it was near her home, because it was affordable, because it had a great reputation, and because she didn’t know what she wanted to do,” he said. “I think that afforded her the foundation she wanted. It set up her expectations for the future.”
By Ben Markley
The college’s Foundation awarded over $911,000 worth of scholarships to students, a 39 percent increase from the previous year.
Kate Allen, executive director of Institutional Advancement, said that much of the increase was due to simplifying the application process.
“Now when applying for the FAFSA [Free Application for Student Aid], students become eligible for any scholarship,” Allen said. “They just need to fill out a new form. It’s really streamlined scholarships that way.”
Kristin McDaniel, scholarship coordinator, said there were about 241 different scholarships: 92 based on need, 88 based on merit or talent, and 61 based on both. She said that about 840 students received scholarships with an average, general scholarship award of $1,400. Many other scholarships were awarded in addition to the Foundation’s $911,000.
Allen said that the number of applicants jumped from 1,000 to 3,000 after implementing the new application system.
“It’s helped us to award some chronically unmatched scholarships,” she said.
The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (ODEI) recently closed down, and like a cheesy, one-hit wonder Semisonic song ringing in your ears – “Closing time – every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.”
During its time, ODEI aimed at offering a link for students to understand the aspects of working in a diverse culture, handling issues, what to expect, and readying yourself for the world ahead. ODEI offered everything from speakers to visual and performing arts that were free to the public and community. Requiring every degree within the college to complete a class as a part of the program, classes included everything from Alaska Native awareness to deaf awareness, from black history to gay and lesbian topics. ODEI left no hot topic unturned.
But after a successful year prior, ODEI hit a wall this past semester. While financially they seemed stable and moving, there seemed to be more issues left in the dark than were brought up in discussions. Now with the office closed, what does that mean to those students and members? Is it fair to throw it all by the wayside and re-advert to being a modern day Tom Yawkey?
By Rachel Kimbrough
Ask an average non-Christian the difference between a Wesleyan and a Baptist.
Most people won’t know the difference, but the college currently has seven active Christian student clubs and organizations, and a couple more in the works.
This works against every group’s goal. Every Christian group—not just here on campus, but anywhere—thinks that its own method of witnessing and its own message is the only true one, the one true way to salvation.
But to the people those groups are attempting to reach—those folks entirely disinterested in religion, the ones whose souls are hell-bound—it’s all roughly the same thing. Accept God or you’ll go to hell, basically. Those differences in theologies are really only very apparent to involved members of each religious group.
Having so many groups all preaching what appears to the average person to be the same message is actually off-putting and unproductive. The appearance of rivalry among those numerous groups drives prospective lost souls away from the idea joining the mess and ultimately adding another voice to the white noise.
Is it true that you were nominated and awarded player of the week twice?
Yes I did get it two weeks in a row but I couldn’t have done it without my team.
How did you get this award?
Being a goalkeeper, it is my responsibility to stop the ball from going into the net. It is my team’s job, however, to score and keep the other team from even shooting. We all work hard to play and win as a team, so if I am rewarded, so is my team.
How did you feel when you found out you had been nominated player of the week?
My coach Wendy Louque told me and I was very surprised. I felt very good about myself and the recognition. I never expected to be nominated, especially twice!
How long have you been playing soccer, and what made you first decide to play soccer?
I started playing soccer when I was 9 years old. I had been going to a basketball camp, which was my sport of choice at the time, and a teammate asked if I wanted to play for her soccer team as the goal keeper. I told her yes and from there got better.
By Rachel Luchmun
Oral Health On Wheels (OHOW), an extension of the college’s dental hygiene’s on-campus clinic, is dedicated to bringing free dental care to underserved communities.
OHOW is based in a fully-equipped truck, which sports X-rays and digital imaging, as well as wheelchair access. Two patients can be attended to at the same time, with eight patients being treated on a given day.
“We offer the same level of care as our on-campus clinic,” said Heather Flick, professor of Dental Hygiene and OHOW project coordinator. “We provide patients with dental care tips and referral services, in the case where they would need care we do not offer, such as fillings for example.”
Second year dental hygiene students rotate three weeks at a time on Mondays and Wednesdays to staff the truck. They are accompanied by a qualified dentist and a Spanish interpreter, as the patients are predominantly Spanish-speaking.
“Students gain experience with different patients than what they are used to [in the on-campus clinic],” Flick said. “They learn how to deal with patients with disabilities, for example. They also have the advantage of a one-to-one ratio between faculty and students. It is a win-win situation for students and the patients.”
By Rachel Luchmun
In 2008, more than two million children were homeschooled across the United States, according to a 2010 report by the National Home Education Research Institute.
Homeschooling, as its name indicates, involves schooling a child at home, as opposed to public or private schools. This can be done either through online courses or by more traditional means, such as a parent sitting down with their child and being the teacher.
Casey Wallace, admissions representative, said that there was no difference in the admission of home-school students as opposed to students who have gone through high schools.
“Homeschooled students apply the same as other students,” Wallace said. “If they are applying for a scholarship or something that needs transcripts, there is no issue with accepting them. There is no difference at all.”
Boxes decorated like candy bars have been placed around campus to serve exclusively as recycling bins for candy bar wrappers, according to Kim Criner, sustainability student affairs coordinator.
Though one such bin is decorated like a package of Trident chewing gum, gum wrappers are not acceptable to deposit into any of these bins.
Photos by Hannah Hunsinger.
By Jessica Mitchell
Students enrolled in Sean Daley’s anthropology courses embarked on a trip to Atchison, Kansas to seek out any paranormal phenomena the town had to offer.
Daley, associate professor of anthropology, instructs a plethora of courses but specifically instructs a one-night-a-week class called The Anthropology of the Paranormal and Supernatural.
“I’ve been working in paranormal studies for about 15 years now,” Daley said. “The first area I worked in was actually witchcraft and magic … what kind of sparked it and what lead the way to the ghosts and hauntings and things like that was being on a reservation and having access to people who had the knowledge about witchcraft and magic. They shared that knowledge with me so the past 15 years has kind of developed and grown from there.”
Daley, along with a select group of ghost hunters, assisted the students on the academic trip to the Sallie House and the Berry Home, two paranormally active structures housed in Atchison, in hopes of finding any ghostly evidence.
“Atchison is supposed to be one of the most haunted cities in Kansas,” student Alex Yatskevich said. “I think if there is anything, like ghosts, that does exist it will probably be there.”
By Mackenzie Clark
To avoid the frenzy of trying to find pre-packaged costumes in your size and the local raiding that is costume shopping, many students and faculty who have a creative flair choose to make their own Halloween costumes each year.
Joy Rhodes, associate professor of Fashion Design and Merchandising, makes costumes for her kids every year. Her daughter Samantha, 9, and son Jackson, 10, have kept her busy over the years.
“They were both aliens one year; they matched,” Rhodes said. “We did a Dr. Seuss thing one time; they were Thing 1 and Thing 2. I made [my son] Peter Pan one year, and my daughter was Tinkerbell.”
Rhodes said she usually starts planning in late September and executes in October.
“Last year we did a cancan costume, which was awesome,” she said. “I actually made the pattern for that one by myself. Took a lot of time on that one.”
By Hannah Boulton
The audience in the Black Box Theatre was silent. They held their breath as Erik Meixelsperger leapt high onto Sam Holder’s back, throwing his arms wide and crying out in a moment of ecstasy.
Meixelsperger, student, played Alan Strang in the Theatre Department’s production of “Equus,” which ran Oct. 7-9 and 14-16. Holder, student, played the Horseman and Nugget the horse.
“Equus” contains mature content including nudity and violence toward animals. The plot revolves around psychiatrist Martin Dysart’s treatment of Alan Strang, a teenage boy who has an unnatural obsession with horses.
Beate Pettigrew, artistic coordinator for the Theatre department, said she was prepared for possible negative feedback from audience members.
“If people don’t know what the play’s about and they are shocked by the nudity, there may be some complaints about [it],” Pettigrew said.
The Theatre department posted signs in the Black Box Theatre lobby stating an age restriction for “Equus” audience members. No one 13 or younger was admitted and no one 17 or younger was admitted without a parent or guardian.
By Rachel Luchmun
Healthcare Cost Revolution (HCCR), a health care insurance alternative, aims at stopping struggles over affordable healthcare. A free trial offer is available for students of the college.
Healthcare Cost Revolution’s self-stated mission is to “make health care more accessible and affordable for everyone.”
Gus Kowalski, director of Marketing at Healthcare Cost Revolution, said members of HCCR benefit from Medicare and Medicaid pricing.
“There are two costs associated with a visit to a doctor: what the doctor’s fee will be, and what the insurance will pay,” Kowalski said. “It is because of these high costs that people are afraid to go see a doctor. They go once and don’t want to go back.”
By Julius Williams
Student Senate met Monday, Oct. 10, in CC 107 to discuss changes to campus vending machines, club event funding, new club registration and a constitutional amendment.
The senate discussed an update to the vending machines to include higher tickets items such as sandwiches and a credit card payment option. Over the next few weeks, the vending machines on the third floor LIB and the second and third floors of both OCB and GEB will be upgraded. For student Derique Cary, the change will be very convenient.
“I’d love to use a credit card because sometimes I don’t have cash,” Cary said.
Cary said that he uses the vending machines daily and hopes that his contribution helps to bring more credit card options on campus since the upgrades are being funded by the money that the vending machines bring in.
Other students were not impressed.
Theft in Sports Lot
A student reported a theft from his car at 3:05 Oct. 3. He said he parked his vehicle in the Sports Lot and returned at 11:05 a.m. to find his wallet and other possessions missing. The student was advised to contact his credit card company and report the theft.
A student reported at 8:07 a.m. that someone had stolen her wallet out of the outside of her backpack Oct. 4. The culprit attempted to use the victim’s debit card on campus, at a Wal-Mart and at a gas station. Investigations are ongoing.
Campus police were dispatched to CC 215 at 12:55 Oct. 6 after a faculty member reported a disturbance. A student had screamed, cussed, kicked open a door, and stormed out of the room after a misunderstanding about an assignment that was due. At 1:25 p.m., the Success Center called police to inform them that a counselor was escorting the student to the campus police department.
Compiled by Ben Markley.
New Student Senate President
The Student Senate elected Gina Galanou as its new Student Senate president. Corey Paris was initially elected president but resigned after choosing to attend another school. Galanou, initially elected treasurer, will replace Paris and relieve Erick Mbembati, Student Senate vice president, of his interim president position.
College receives health grant
The U.S. Department of Labor awarded nearly $2.9 million to go toward creation and expansion of health information technology education. The grant was part of $159 million in funds awarded to various states through the H1-B Technical Training Grant Competition. The college plans to use part of the grant to fund current programs while using another portion to create an Implementation Support Specialist program and training programs.
Additions to Performing Art Series
The Performing Arts Series will be adding three new events to its current season. “The Color Purple,” a Broadway musical based on Alice Walker’s Pulitizer Prize-winning novel, will perform Feb. 10. Ukelele player and YouTube sensation Jake Shimabukuro will perform a concert March 11. Folk singer Suzanne Vega will perform April 21 along with Duncan Sheik, composer of the Tony Award-winning musical “Spring Awakening.” For tickets and more information, visit http://www.jccc.edu/TheSeries.
Olathe Healthcare Education Center
The ribbon cutting ceremony for the Olathe Heathcare Education Center took place Oct. 6. The building began construction in early 2010 and opened for classes this fall semester. It has been declared the college’s first 100 percent green building.
Compiled by Ben Markley.
By Dillan Straight
The college’s dance team is looking to make a mark this season, going leaps and bounds above the years prior and initiating a new standard from members of previous seasons.
“This year we’re really making an effort to really support all athletics on campus,” said Golden Girls coach Amy Sellers. “We aren’t able to go to every different athletic game, but we’re doing our best to send as many girls as we can to everything we can.”
Heading into her second year under the helm, Sellers is already making changes to coast the team into a brighter direction.
Members of the team are looking toward an improvement that of last season. Using their set techniques from last year and building onto their new ones learned previously in camp.
“We all started new last year together; there were only three returning members from last season so it’s like a fresh start,” said Golden Girl member Kitty Griffith.
“We are probably four months ahead of where we were around this time last year,” said Sellers. “[The teams] changed in having practice over the summer, going to camp, and having practice every day. Considering last fall where we had only three practices a week, just the fact we’re able to meet every single day and work on different skills every single day, it’s made them improve a tremendous amount.”
Consisting of 13 members this season, 12 active and one as an alternative, the Golden Girls are quickly finding a rhythm in an already very promising start. As a part of Division-III, the college’s dance team is part of 12 teams who competed this past summer. Four of these teams compete in the same division as the Golden Girls, giving the team an extra leg up on their competition.
“We weren’t able to go last year, so we just did a home camp here on our own,” said Sellers. “Brought in some choreographers and did some boot camp type of work last year. But this year it was a huge success in how none of them had been to a college camp before and we came out with some pretty great placing.”
In addition to landing a bid to nationals in the process, the team claimed a couple awards in the process.
“It’s a good way for us to compete at camp and then we also compete against those same people at nationals,” said Sellers on the teams’ play at camp. “We placed silver in our game-day routine which was against all divisions. So we competed against the big universities as well.”
To help fund their trip to Daytona, the Golden Girls are looking to raise money with a 14-month calendar representing various parts of campus.
Calendars can be purchased in the student center in the coming weeks at $15 each.
Contact Dillan Straight, sports editor, at email@example.com.
After reading the current issue, I felt that the issue surrounding the custodial department needed clarifying.
At the latest meeting that the administration had with the custodial department, the administration explained the 2 options that will be going to the board on the 20th of October.
Option one is outsourcing. 5 companies have submitted bids. Should the board choose outsourcing, they will give the custodians about 2 months while the administration handles the transition before the custodian positions are terminated. During the 2 months of transition, the current custodial staff will be allowed to interview for positions with the new company. The current custodians do NOT have guaranteed positions with the new company. Should a custodian get a position with the new company, he/she will take a 40% pay cut (some will take a bigger cut) and either a serious reduction in benefits or none at all depending on the company that is selected. Exact details of that transition period are still mostly unclear since no decision has been made yet.
Option 2 is to take the 700k-800k in budget reductions the custodial department has be able to identify, and keep the current staffing levels where they are. Which may meet the minimum industry standards, but do not meet the standards JCCC and the custodial department has maintained for many years.
These two options were explained to the custodial department on the 28th of Sept.
The reason so many have sought retirement is they were worried they were going to lose their jobs before they could retire. Losing years of accrued retirement benefits. So, many chose to retire that could.
We all understand tough economic times, budget cuts, and sacrifices. With that said, and with all due respect, how can the highest paid accept raises at the same time they tell the lowest paid they make to much money?
Concerned employee/ JOCO taxpayer
By Mackenzie Clark.
Many of us dread trudging through ice and snow in the winter months, but for some, the pains of winter go much deeper.
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a specifier of depression that affects people generally in the winter months and appears to be caused primarily by lack of sunlight. In rare cases, it presents during summer instead.
“Melatonin is like the precursor to serotonin in our body, and then sunlight appears to be what the catalyst is into making that into serotonin,” said Susie Sympson, adjunct professor of psychology.
According to the National Institute of Health, symptoms of SAD usually tend to increase starting in late fall and continue until springtime. They include increased eating and sleeping, lack of energy, loss of interest in activities and ability to concentrate, and the general irritability and unhappiness commonly associated with depression. These symptoms need to have been present only during a certain season for at least two years to be decidedly diagnosed as SAD.
Environmental causes that may occur in winter, however, do not qualify the depression as SAD.
By Rachel Kimbrough
A former Ledger employee is suing the college for excessive fees for open records requests, as detailed in a report by Tasha Cook on page three of this issue.
You’ll notice my name is in there. If you didn’t, I’ll just tell you now that it is. In fact, I started this whole thing—but I stopped.
Part of being a journalist, even a student journalist, is recognizing the fine line between pursuing a story for the benefit of the publication’s readership and pursuing a story for the benefit of the journalist.
So, in the interest of full disclosure, here’s a little background from my perspective: I made an open records request for emails sent and received between Carmaletta Williams and Jason Rozelle over the course of seven months. The cost of that request was beyond our budget.
Then I did something stupid. I involved other staff members rather than pursuing my own story independently. That was clearly a mistake.
We revised the requests that had gone from mine to ours and resubmitted them with surgically precise search terms. The cost was still beyond our budget.
For my part, that was where I ended my own involvement in that avenue of inquiry. It was a method that clearly just wasn’t going to work, and the college’s reasoning behind its cost projection made sense to me. I can’t speak for anyone else involved.
But I can speak for current staff members. Ledger staff changes every year, if not every semester. The current Ledger staff has made a particular, pinpointed effort to rebuild formerly burned bridges, connections that disintegrated as a result of shoddy practice on the part of past Ledger employees.
And I’m not referring to any one former Ledger staff member. We are, after all, a student-run newspaper. We are not industry-worn professionals. As such, there have been many wrongs committed by unprofessional student journalists over the course of many years. The concern of professionalism in dealings with sources and objectivity in reporting has apparently been sitting on the backburner, unimportant in the minds of a few former staff members and editorial board members alike.
This Ledger staff is different.
This Ledger staff distances itself from past personnel woes, from white-knight delusions of grandeur, from the fall-back muckraking mentality, from stale rivalries whose origins are long since forgotten.
Something we’ve not done (outside of my pointing it out in this particular column) is compare ourselves with past Ledger staffs. We simply made a new system for ourselves, wonderfully simplistic and easy to maintain: show respect to everyone we talk to, but maintain an objective distance. We will cover the tough stories, absolutely–but we’ll not create them out of thin air.
Regardless of anyone’s personal pursuit against the college—whether formerly associated with the Ledger or not—the current Ledger staff will continue to pursue stories in a professional manner in order to serve the college’s students, faculty and staff as well as we can.
As always, feel free to contact me with any questions, comments or concerns you have, and thanks for reading.
Contact Rachel Kimbrough, editor-in-chief, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Tasha Cook
A lawsuit was filed against the college Tuesday by the Student Press Law Center (SPLC) and a current student and former Ledger employee, according to an article on SPLC’s website. The complaint claims the college attempted to charge excessive fees for public records.
The complaint centers around student Marcus Clem’s request for records of emails between Carmaletta Williams and Jason Rozelle during the college’s reexamination of its diversity program last spring. Clem joined former culture editor Rachel Kimbrough’s pursuit of open records requests early that semester.
Executive Vice President of Administrative Services Joe Sopcich was the main point of contact for the requests. According to SPLC’s website, the college said a day’s worth of emails which was requested would cost $9,745.96. Kimbrough withdrew pursuit of the matter, and Clem notified college officials he would continue to pursue the records independently of his employment with the Ledger.
“Sunshine only burns the corrupt,” Clem said. “There’s no reason for them to do this unless they are hiding something they shouldn’t be hiding. Otherwise they should have no objection to providing information that’s requested.”
Clem believes the college was trying to hide something by charging such high fees for the records, which at one point came to $47,426 for seven months’ worth of records. Clem said his objective is to have the college settle the lawsuit out of court immediately and without cost, provide the emails between Williams and Rozelle and enact a policy which would prohibit the assignment of excessive fees on documents, unless prior approval is granted by the Board of Trustees.
“Really, my personal faith, I guess not faith but just belief because faith would imply that I have faith in something pertaining to the college, and I really don’t, but my belief [is] that institutions like the college should be required to comply, unless information is being requested that is one of the specific exemptions of state law,” Clem said.
College president Terry Calaway said the college was following what state laws called. He said the college does not store everything on hard drives, but rather backed up onto a tape, and the process of having someone dig through those records and print them is an extensive job.
“To suggest that there’s something in there that we’re trying to hide is just absolutely ridiculous and irresponsible,” Calaway said.
“The college takes it responsibility very seriously to have to respond to these open records requests and we do it to the best of our ability to collect the information,” Sopcich said. “I think that’s important for everybody to realize.”
Calaway said he believes Clem did not just file the suit for legal purposes. He said Clem’s mother was terminated from her position within the Continuing Education department at the college.
“To be honest with you, my position without having looked at it is, I think it’s a personal vendetta with Marcus related to the college and his mother’s termination,” Calaway said. “I don’t think it has anything to do with anything else. His court request was related to something different. Quite frankly, that’s been our experience with him over the last couple of years.”
Calaway said he believes this has nothing to do with the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (ODEI).
“At one point Dr. Sopcich asked them what they were looking for, because originally the request was for emails on a Sunday,” he said. “Marcus’ response was they were just trying to see what our response would be to the request. That’s what caused me to say this is personal.”
Calaway said the college is not trying to hide anything because no one even read the emails. He said to this day no one knows what the requested emails say.
“The thing that’s really bad I think are the allegations that people are trying to hide something when we have no clue what would be in there anyhow because we’ve never looked at them,” he said. “I think that that’s irresponsible and that’s indicative of our experience with Marcus.”
Clem is confident in the outcome of the suit.
“We have filed suit against the college, however they have the option of contesting the suit,” he said. “Then we go to court, or the college can look at the information, decide that they don’t have a case to argue, which they really don’t. I have thought through it many times and there’s really no case to be made here. So the best thing for them to do is to meet our demands and settle out of court.”
Clem said he believes the college will accuse him of having a personal vendetta, but claims this action is really just the last resort.
“We have given them every chance in the world to comply with state law before going to the courts,” he said. “We have done everything we can. And they have been stonewall, object, block, abuse at every point. It has to stop.”
Contact Tasha Cook, managing editor, at email@example.com.
By Julius Williams
Although there are over 70 clubs and organizations on campus with varied interests, keeping those clubs active is sometimes a challenging process.
“It’s an ebb and flow,” said Mindy Kinnaman, manager of Student Life and Leadership Development. “Students graduate or matriculate to four year universities. If the leadership of a club leaves the college, and there’s no one to replace them, then the club has to start over.”
“Setting the foundation for a club the first year is important,” Kinnaman said. “Some clubs go below the 10 member threshold and become inactive. Many students have full course loads, jobs and other obligations that make it difficult to participate.”
The sizes of organizations can range from a handful of students to much larger groups. Though membership can vary from semester to semester, there are many dedicated students and faculty members who make extraordinary efforts to make sure that the college has plenty of extracurricular offerings.
Michael Duah, a graphic design major from Kansas, is a member of the college’s Inter-Club Council, which helps to train and advise student leaders on fundraising, recruiting and leadership skill training.
Duah also works at the Center for Student Involvement and is a member of the student chapter of AIGA, the American Institute of Graphic Designers. AIGA offers students a chance to socialize with other student designers and has a connection to the local design community in the metro area.
“I interviewed a local designer from the AIGA website and found out that they needed an intern,” said Duah. “Clubs can be a way to make connections with people that can be business contacts in the future.”
Participation in clubs and organizations can offer students an opportunity to make business contacts, help their communities and perform better academically. Multiple studies have shown that there is a strong correlation between student involvement and student success.
This is particularly true for first year students, international or home-schooled students who may feel overwhelmed or isolated on campus. Clubs can provide support for students who may have trouble adjusting, introducing them to on-campus resources and offer opportunities for personal growth development.
Pam Vassar, assistant dean, Student Life, is one of the administrators charged with keeping students engaged and successful. Her office handles all of the administrative duties for student life, including clubs and organizations, campus media and the student lounge.
“We take seriously the opportunity to get students involved,” Vassar said. “Research will show you the more a student is engaged, the higher their level of success is at that institution.”
Visit the Center for Student Involvement in SC 106 or their web page on the college’s website to browse student clubs and organizations. Students can also use social networking and connect on Facebook (Center for Student Involvement) or Twitter (@CSIatJCCC).
The college is also sponsoring a Clubs and Orgs Day from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Oct. 5 in the COM plaza.
Contact Julius Williams, staff reporter, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Rachel Luchmun
The college, partnered with the Kansas Center for Autism Research & Training (K-CART) at the University of Kansas, is putting on a conference about autism on Oct. 7-8.
Autism is more common than childhood cancer, juvenile diabetes and pediatric AIDS combined, with an estimated one in every 110 children diagnosed. In the United States alone, an estimated 1.5 million individuals are affected by autism.
Entitled “Beyond the Diagnosis: Autism Across The Life Span,” the conference aims at helping a variety of people who are affected by autism.
“The conference is geared towards parents, people suffering from autism, mental health professionals,” said Mary Jean Billingsley, program director, Learner Engagement Division.
Six major themes will be covered over the two day conference: behavioral supports/social skills, early childhood, employment, community living, transition, and research and information.
The keynote speaker to the conference will be Eustacia Cutler, author of the book “A Thorn in my Pocket,” in which she describes her struggles to raise her autistic daughter, Temple Grandin. Grandin is a noted animal behaviorist and autism advocate whose life was featured in the HBO movie “Temple Grandin.”
“I am thrilled to have her,” Billingsley said. “We are lucky the conference worked out with her schedule.”
Cutler’s address, entitled “Yes, your child is autistic. Who is your child? Who are you?” will focus on the stumbling blocks affecting children with an autism spectrum disorder. Other addresses include “The art of job matching,” “Sexuality and Autism,” and college-based “Helping students with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) succeed in the Community College Environment.”
Billingsley said there were students, faculty and staff who had been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder.
“It is difficult to give a number,” Billingsley said. “Autism is a hidden disability and many do not say they have it.”
Support exists for students affected by an ASD. Carla Dodge, Access Services advisor, said that the first step was for the student to submit documentation of the disability to Access Services.
“Once the documentation is reviewed, we can meet with the student each semester and help them set up their schedule,” Dodge said. “Specific accommodations are set up once they are registered.”
Academic accommodations available to students include note takers and audio books. Additionally, students may qualify for testing accommodations in order to take tests in an environment in which they are more comfortable. Specific Access Services tutoring is also available, though not guaranteed.
Moreover, a student club, the JCCC Autism Spectrum Support Club, exists to provide support for students of the college affected by an ASD. Sean Swindler, director of Community Program Development at K-CART for the University of Kansas, said the club was a good thing.
“Students come to that group to learn from one another,” Swindler said. “Students with Asperger’s make new friends, and students not suffering from it learn about it.”
The Autism Spectrum Support Club offers activities both on and off campus and provides a way for students suffering from autism to talk about their concerns and engage in social activities. Registration will be available on-site at the conference.
Contact Rachel Luchmun, staff reporter, at email@example.com
By Tasha Cook
Several recent changes to the college were revealed during President Terry Calaway’s message to college staff Aug. 26. One of those changes is the hiring of Tanya Wilson as the new internal general legal counsel for the college.
Wilson started Sept. 19. This is the first time the college has hired for this position. Previously, all legal matters were dealt with through outsourcing.
“The reality is that there is a lot of legal issues that the institution has and faces,” President Calaway said. “As we started to look at the dollars and cents of how it all worked, there are some things that we always will probably outsource to external law firms, but there are a lot of things that I would describe as boiler-plate issues that an internal person could provide for us at a significantly reduced hourly rate.”
Calaway said the college is large enough and has enough activity that it will save money for the institution overall, and having a counsel on the inside will help maintain consistency.
Wilson, who comes to the college after serving 11 years as internal counsel for the Cerner Corporation, said the main objective as of now is to see to any matters that come up. She said right now she is working on a day-to-day basis because the job is so new to the college, but said she anticipates setting long-term goals in the future.
“One of my goals will be to bring efficiencies to the legal matters that the college has,” she said, “so having the direct interaction day in and day out with the business teams and really knowing the college will help bring those efficiencies.”
The college will still use external attorney Mark Ferguson for litigation issues which may arise, Calaway said.
“The reality is that we will always have external claims too,” he said. “I would say more often than not most of those claims are pretty frivolous, but when you go to court you want to have a good team there too, so that stands to reason. Not that Tanya couldn’t litigate, because she can and she has, but we probably would go outside for those litigation services.”
Eventually, Ferguson and Wilson will work together on legal matters, said Judy Korb, executive vice president of Human Resources and Workforce and Community Development.
“We probably haven’t completely figured that out because we’ve not had this role before,” Korb said. “It will probably evolve, but it will be a partnership. There definitely will still be a relationship there.”
Calaway said he is unsure of how much the college will save until future budgets are released, but hopes the college can save up to six figures with this move.
“We want to put more money into the classroom and less into legal fees,” he said. “We think it’s a good business decision.”
Although Wilson’s hiring will likely have a minimal effect on the day-to-day lives of students, it will affect how the college deals with students in regards to school policies.
“Student rights and responsibilities are a dynamic process,” said Dennis Day, vice president of Student Services. “The rules and the regulations and the policies that we’ve had for years need constant review to make sure that we are, as a college, up to date with case law.
“Will it affect how we deal with students and what you as a student can expect the college to support or not support, that’s going to have some effect.”
Because the position of internal legal counsel is new to the college, all of the details are still being worked out, said Korb and Wilson. But Korb said she believes the college will benefit from this addition.
“We’re excited to have Tanya here, and I do think it will really help us overall,” she said. “We’re a big place and we have a lot of things going on, so I think she’s going to be an amazing resource for us in-house.”
Contact Tasha Cook, managing editor, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Ben Markley
Several changes to the school were announced during the monthly Board of Trustees meeting Sept. 28.
In one of the larger changes, the Board moved to approve President Terry Calaway’s new contract, which included a three percent salary increase. However, the movement did not pass unanimously as Trustee Stephanie Sharp opposed the new contract.
Sharp said she believes the president’s position was already well compensated and on par with the region’s counterparts. She stressed, however, that she was not opposing Calaway, merely the increase.
“I have concerns about giving increases over and above our faculty increases when we’ve additionally cut millions of dollars out of our budget,” Sharp said. “It’s a numbers issue for me.”
Trustee Greg Musil said he believed the increase was a small amount in comparison with the help Calaway has given the Board.
“The president of this university is a 24/7, 365 day-a-year job,” Musil said. “Dr. Calaway has helped us meet our strategic goals in a very tough time.”
Budget cuts were also brought up during the meeting. John Winter, lead custodian, came forward on behalf of the college’s custodial staff during Petitions and Communications.
Winter said the budget cuts have fallen disproportionately on the custodial staff salaries, asking for one-third of their salary and half of their benefits. He said the college has requested that these contracts would not increase over the next five years.
“A current housekeeping employee will be expected to do the same job… with the same quality and expertise for two-thirds of the salary and then accept no cost-of-living increase for half a decade,” Winter said. “Would we approach the faculty with such a proposition?”
He reported that many custodial staff had retired and current custodial staff is experiencing increased mental and emotional strain.
“The JCCC brand has slipped, and we’re not the better for it,” Winter said.
Calaway said the college was right at the industry standard for custodial personnel but that custodial staff believed five or six more people were needed. He said there will be a town hall meeting with custodial staff and a decision regarding custodial issues will be made at the October meeting.
Trustee Jerry Cook said later in the meeting that the college’s “brand” is being upheld by its diverse opportunities and national recognition.
“I am very pleased with the large number of outstanding events that are going on on a daily basis that elevate the brand of [the college] locally, state-wide, and nationally,” Cook said.
College lobbyist Dick Carter reported that the Board of Regents initially planned to propose a $60 million request of funds for Kansas colleges and universities. He said the proposal dropped to around $48 million. He said about $40 million would go to state universities, with the initial $20 million designated for community and technical colleges dropping to $8 million.
In regards to the budget, President Calaway reported that the school spent 91 to 92 percent of the budget at the end of last year’s fiscal year. He said this was a positive development and would allow the leftover funds to be carried into the next fiscal year.
Also announced was the increase in scholarship distribution. Trustee Greg Musil reported that distribution was up 39 percent to over $911,000.
“It’s wonderful – it’s also a challenge for the future,” Musil said. “If we’re going to do that every year, we’re going to have to keep raising scholarship money and endowment money over and over again every year.”
The Board added the Shawnee Dispatch and Tri-County News to their list of official newspapers as a follow-up to their decision to replace The Johnson County Sun with The Legal Record.
For more information about the Board of Trustees, minutes, packets, and meeting dates, visit http://www.jccc.edu/trustees.
Contact Ben Markley, news editor, at email@example.com.
By Ben Markley
The annual State of the College Address was given by President Terry Calaway Sept. 28.
One of the major themes of this year’s address was the college’s recent focus on innovation, said Don Weiss, chair of the Board of Trustees.
“[The college will] be far-sighted and visionary to give our students the knowledge they need to do things we can’t even yet imagine,” Weiss said.
Calaway elaborated on this theme by listing some of the major innovations of the college during his presidency, including the opening of the Center of Innovation.
The Center will be a place for students, faculty, staff and members of the community to all discuss in a comfortable, friendly environment, Calaway said. He said the Center will use a more “appreciative inquiry model of discussion” to discuss issues and ideas.
The Sustainability program was mentioned during the address. Calaway said the program made a significant impact over the past few years. He said the college was using more than seven truckloads of paper yearly when he began his presidency.
“It’s not just about doing more recycling or looking at ways that we might save materials,” Calaway said. “It’s about creating a different culture in our institution.”
Calaway also spoke in length about how the college has improved student engagement.
“The student who walks down the hall by themselves, goes to class, sits down, attends class, gets up, walks out and goes to work is not as likely to be successful as a student that becomes engaged,” he said.
One example of student engagement Calaway mentioned is Dream Johnson County, a program designed to help students facing challenges ranging from academic development to emotional struggles. The program helps students through what Calaway called “invasive counseling.”
“[The counselors] don’t just sit back and wait for students to get connected or for students to call,” Calaway said. “I think our counselors truly do save lives every day.”
Calaway said the success of the college over the past year is a combination of talented students and quality faculty and staff, but he warned the college not to settle.
“I told our cabinet the other day that my job over the next three years as we move forward is to make them uncomfortable,” he said. “We can’t rest on our laurels. I don’t think our community would settle for that.”
Calaway urged the audience to push the college in the future and used the example of the new Olathe Health Education Center, which began construction in spring 2010 and is now open for fall 2011 classes.
“Make us a little uncomfortable,” he said. “If we weren’t a little uncomfortable, we wouldn’t have an Olathe Health Education Center.
“You’re only as good as tomorrow’s plan.”
Contact Ben Markley, news editor, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
InFocus: Hope for sufferers of depression: advisers weigh in on how to help those suffering from depression
Half of Americans will suffer from mental health issues in their lifetime, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC). The leading issue is depression.
Frequently, those suffering from depression are unaware of their symptoms or don’t want to admit it, said Kristen Harth, counselor and co-adviser of Active Minds.
“Sometimes there’s this negative stigma around depression, but the truth is so many of us have it,” Harth said. “People are walking around with it all the time. We all go through times where we have our good days and bad days. It’s nothing to be ashamed of.”
Depression has many symptoms, said Susie Sympson, adjunct professor of psychology and advisor of Active Minds. Symptoms include depressed mood, which can be expressed as irritability, loss of pleasure or interest, physical aches and pains, changes in appetite and sleeping habits, fatigue, feelings of helplessness, worthlessness, excessive guilt and recurrent thoughts of death in severe cases.
Harth said there are ways for friends and family members to recognize signs of depression.
“A lot of times they’ll become more negative,” she said. “You’ll notice someone who’s complaining a lot or maybe they’re complaining of physical symptoms.”
“If you’re really worried about something, you need to address it,” Sympson said. “It doesn’t matter if they get really angry with you because the alternative could be something you blame yourself for forever.”
Harth said to take a caring approach when confronting someone about his or her depression.
“Often if someone is not aware they’re depressed and are showing those symptoms, they may get angry,” she said. “They may not take it as this person cares about me and wants to help me . . . It’s better to start by saying ‘I really care about you. I’ve noticed some things changing and was hoping we could talk about it.’ Just be open and honest.”
Sympson offers a different approach.
“Ask them if they’ve had changes in their eating behaviors, if their sleeping habits have changed, tell them they just seem to have lost interest in things to you,” Sympson said. “When they agree with these things, tell them these are the symptoms of depression.”
If you suspect you personally may be suffering from depression, counselor Jeff Anderson said to seek help.
“Don’t be afraid to ask [for help] . . . Help is there for the taking,” Anderson said. “Choosing not to get help has consequences as well.”
The college offers the student assistance program in coordination with St. Luke’s Hospital. Once referred by a counselor, this will get the student five free sessions with a licensed psychiatrist, Anderson said.
However, there are additional sources of help on campus, Harth said.
“We like to consider ourselves (counselors) as being an ongoing support for students, too,” Harth said. “We have students here who are being seen by a regular physician or counselor outside of school, but we like to be here to support for the day to day.”
Sympson said there is hope for those who seek help.
“It’s a relatively easily treated thing,” she said. “It’s very few cases that cannot be addressed. People can live a relatively normal, happy life. Sometimes it involves [medical] drugs, sometimes it involves other things, but don’t give up hope and seek help.”
Contact Ashley Jenks, reporting correspondent, at email@example.com.
By Jessica Mitchell
Every Tuesday night from 7-9 p.m., students in RC 146 revivify a language that hasn’t been conversationally applicable for thousands of years. Egyptian Hieroglyphics, taught by Stacy Davidson, is a newly implemented continuing education course here at the college.
Being that this course is classified as continuing education, it is not worth credit and will not aid to any degree or certificate. This course is simply a personal interest and self-improvement type prospect.
“There’s a lot of people here with diverse interests and diverse learning needs and that’s the audience we serve and this is one course we wanted to try,” said Phil Wegman, program director of Skills Enhancement.
The course requires no prerequisite besides having an interest. Wegman classifies these types of courses as “enrichment learning” opportunities.
“The kind of people that take continuing education are the best learners of all because people who are in these course aren’t interested in degrees or taking tests,” Wegman said. “They aren’t interested in meeting a requirement. They are simply interested in learning.”
Davidson, instructor of the one night a week, two-hour course, is an Illinois State and University of Michigan graduate with a degree in history and Masters in Near-Eastern Studies with an Egyptology concentration. Even though newly hired here, she is no newbie to Egyptian Hieroglyphs. She has been teaching this program for nearly three years and has also been to Egypt to take part and aid in a dig.
Davidson said students may be surprised at the academic nature of the course.
“They will probably have more grammar than they expect,” she said. “It’s not just cartoon pictures, it is actual grammatical structures and there are a lot of symbols to learn—but I use interactive games and worksheets and make it as low stress as possible and there are no grades in the night program, so people can come in and just learn for their own benefit and not worry about having to take tests or write papers”.
Historians have inferred that the spoken part of the language sounded very similar to Greek. The language can actually be spoken out loud, just not conversed.
“We do not converse in ancient Egyptian as a conversational language but we can speak it out loud to each other if we are reading sentences off the board or from a passage,” Davidson said.
The majority of the course is focused on the understanding and comprehension of the hieroglyphs but by the end of the course, students may be able to speak and say a few phrases.
Davidson also connects the material to everyday life by explaining that students could even go to the Nelson Atkins and read the hieroglyphs right off the artifacts themselves.
“I am interested in history and learning other languages,” said Diana Hartzler, a student enrolled in the course. “I don’t know, it’s funny because we always watch those ancient alien shows and they always show the hieroglyphics.”
“…at the museum we did get an inner and outer coffin last year, and you know it’s got hieroglyphs all over it so it’s really interesting,” said Hartzler’s mother, Dixie Buss. Buss volunteers at the Nelson-Atkins and has visited Egypt.
The course is very interest- and personal-gain based but on top of that it is also a very rare commodity.
“I am very thrilled to be teaching hieroglyphs for a continuing education program because most people who want to learn hieroglyphs have to be enrolled in an Ivy League college, which is out of reach of most people – financially or just through the selection process of admissions,” said Davison. “…so the value of this class is you get to take it from an instructor that was taught in graduate school, who has the knowledge and who is willing to give it to the students in a low stress environment…so I actually prefer to teach for programs like this.”
To learn more about the Egyptian Hieroglyphics class please contact Stacy Davidson at firstname.lastname@example.org and make sure to look for the spring offered course at the same day and time next semester.
Contact Jessica Mitchell, reporting correspondent, at email@example.com.
By Ben Markley
“Contagion,” good or bad, is not fun to watch. It’s like “The Passion of the Christ”: engaging, thoughtful, well-done and relieving when it’s over.
“Contagion,” a thriller about a worldwide epidemic of an airborne pathogen, has caused movie-goers to cough up $44 million thus far. Maybe because the film is not simply about trying to stop a physical disease; it’s about the social breakdown, the political struggle and the emotional dilemma of survival. That being said, it’s disturbing, it’s not fun, and it’s good.
The film tracks these various ideas through a large cast of stars, and one quickly realizes that there is no central protagonist in this story. Humanity is the protagonist, and these characters are simply symbols: the common man (Matt Damon), the greedy exploiter (Jude Law), the scapegoat (Laurence Fishburne), etc., all trying to deal with death.
With this kind of storytelling, the characters do tend to come off as simple and one-dimensional. Mitch Emhoff (Damon) wants to keep his daughter safe. Dr. Erin Mears (Kate Winslet) wants to find a cure. Beth Emhoff (Gwyneth Paltrow) is literally just there to die. The most complex character is probably Alan Krumwiede (Law), who starts out as a blogger trying to uncover the truth and turns into a manipulative demagogue.
The film’s plot is really a web of plotlines, a concept that is rarely done well. (Anybody remember the 2009 “Fame” remake? No? Yeah, that’s probably best.) “Contagion,” due in part to its star power and heavy subject matter, pulls it off pretty well.
However, it does have shortcomings. Marion Cotillard’s character is good for nothing other than making a weak emotional appeal and jarring the overall story with her plotline. Beth cheats on Mitch for no other reason than to make me dislike Paltrow even more than I already do.
There’s an impressive amount of star power in “Contagion,” and despite the negative reputations of numerous star-studded films, the parts fit most of the actors like a glove. Damon, Fishburne, Law and Winslet embody their characters with natural authority, and their celebrity presence actually seems to raise the stakes. After all, who wants to see Jason Bourne or Morpheus die in a hospital?
“Contagion” leaves its biggest impression through its powerful imagery. The makers shot this film with the simple goal of making the audience as germophobic as Tony Shalhoub in “Monk.” They succeed. That extra three seconds where the camera lingers on how many subway rails that sick guy just touched awakens hypersensitivity in us that we might not have known was possible.
Anxiety. Fear. Panic. That is the atmosphere that the film creates, and it’s thick. This presentation of humanity as willing to loot, lie and kill when it’s pushed too far. It’s hard to tell whether the disease or humanity is more destructive, as Dr. Ellis Cheever (Fishburne) points out to Krumwiede.
In addition to being socially disturbing, the film has a handful of queasy shots. Most of them revolve around Beth, which involve two seizures and an autopsy where we actually see the top of her head folding over her face. Throw in the stone-dead face of a young boy, and you’ve got an uneasy movie-going experience.
Despite all this, “Contagion” is more than “Lord of the Flies” in Chicago. The heart-warming, beautiful moments are few and far between but, against the backdrop of an inconceivable tragedy, they do their job. The film is sober but hopeful, neither optimistic nor pessimistic, simply, as Steven Soderbergh put it to MoviesOnline in an interview, “ultra-realistic.”
All this to say you’re probably not going to be suggesting this for a casual movie night any time soon (unless your group likes watching “There Will be Blood” for kicks and giggles), but it is a smart, memorable film with a lot to offer.
Contact Ben Markley, news editor, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Gabrielle Fitzgerald
Perhaps students have seen this logo around campus: a green e surrounded by yellow, orange and red lines. It is the logo for the upcoming sustainability conference called Epicenter 2011, Generating Student Sustainability Leadership.
On Oct. 28, Sustainability will have a daylong student focused conference. It will run from about 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Kim Criner, sustainability student affairs coordinator, said.
The Sustainability Department hopes this conference will provide ways for students around the Kansas City area to connect and discuss ideas.
“…To create this opportunity for these roundtable discussions and these peer-to-peer exchanges so that [students] can finally feel like they are sharing in the conversation and getting something out of it, that they can take away to actually use and do,” Criner said.
Students of all backgrounds are encouraged to attend, even if they think they know nothing about sustainability.
“If you’re curious but you feel like your understanding is lacking, we’re going to hopefully be able to bring everyone up to speed to a place where at least they’re learning,” said Criner said.
One way she hopes to do this is by bringing in an internationally known speaker, Alex Steffen.
“He is really good at making something that is seemingly complicated seem pretty clear and understandable to a lot of different audiences,” Criner said.
Not only is Steffen good at making things seem less complicated, but he is also a very positive, solutions-oriented person. He is a talented speaker, which will be a great way to kick off the conference, she said.
Steffen is not the only person speaking at the conference. The first half of the day will include more than seven speakers from Kansas as well as other states. One of these speakers is Erin Willard, who set up the Greencut Program, which takes one dollar from each paid credit hour and puts it in a fund for campus sustainability programs. Another speaker will be Matt Kazinka, from Minnesota, who is involved with helping prevent climate change. He first became interested in this when he attended a Power Shift Conference in Washington, D.C. in 2007, a national sustainability conference.
“I’m really interested in…laying out some of the issues around climate change that are becoming more and more apparent in our world right now… And I want to talk about the youth response to that and stuff that’s happening all around the country with students and non-students, young folks who are working together to create solutions to that, respond to that, and create clean energy alternatives, “ Kazinka said.
He said he hopes that students will leave with a “sense of urgency” in order to prevent climate change, but also a “sense of capability.” Students should know that there are other young people out there who are coming up with brilliant ideas, which Kazinka considers inspiring.
“I think it’s great for students to see what green projects are out there right now and kind of see if they can bring back that knowledge from what other schools are doing to their home campuses. It’s a great leadership opportunity for anyone but especially those who are interested in sustainable leadership,” Kevin Clark, environmental science student, said.
The conference, located in the Regnier Center, is completely free to students and includes breakfast and lunch; however it is strongly advised that you pre-register on the conference’s web page, http://www.epicenter2011.com.
Contact Gabrielle Fitzgerald, reporting correspondent, at email@example.com.
Times are tough. Many economists are casting shadows of doubt over the so-called “economic recovery” of 2011, and college campuses across the country are feeling the squeeze of budget cuts. Nobody can blame the college for making sacrifices in the context of economic hardship, but what exactly are the college’s priorities?
Look at the college’s custodial staff. They’re some of the lowest paid employees on this campus even without losing a third of their salaries and half their benefits, and the college is proposing that the custodial contract cost should not increase over the next five years. This has pushed so many custodians to retirement that the college is currently operating at the minimum industry standard.
The college is making an effort to meet with custodial staff to address these issues, with some kind of decision being made at the Board of Trustees’ October meeting.
However, contrast that with the Board meeting in September. The Board approved a three percent salary increase for President Terry Calaway. This was met with little discussion, save Trustee Stephanie Sharp’s one opposing vote.
If we have to spend months figuring out whether custodians should be able to receive any increases for their already reduced contracts, shouldn’t a casual raise in the president’s salary inspire more than a few minutes of post-approval discussion?
To be fair, the Board of Trustees is trying to make up for giving Calaway a starting contract that undershot what they originally promised him. Nonetheless, this is awful timing. The college cut around $5 million for this fiscal year, and the American economy is not picking up anytime soon.
As Sharp pointed out, Calaway’s compensation is about equal to Kansas State University’s president, who heads a much larger public campus. Needless to say, a salary increase is nowhere near a priority at this point.
The college’s current budget plan is titled Prioritizing the Budget Strategically. The Board needs to adhere to that idea by taking an honest look at the college’s financial situation and addressing present priorities rather than making fiscal apologies for past actions.
In our article titled “Former Ledger employee sues college,” currently available online and set to run in print Oct. 6, we stated that Marcus Clem is a former Campus Ledger employee and a former student of the college. While it is true that Clem is a former Ledger employee, he is a student currently enrolled at the college. We apologize for the mistake, and will run a correction in the print version of Issue 5.
By Ben Markley
The college officially declared itself a tobacco-free campus, as of Aug. 1st.
The smoking ban concept has been in the works for a few years, said Dana Grove, executive vice president of educational planning and development and chief operating officer.
A fire damaged seven townhomes in the Overland Park apartment complex Greenbrier Apartments Tuesday night.
One firefighter was treated for minor problems associated with the fire, but no serious injuries were reported.
According to a report from The Kansas City Star, the fire began in the apartment complex’s carport of the 8300 block on Hadley Street, then jumped to the attics of the townhomes.
Firefighters were called shortly before 6 p.m., and by 7:30 p.m. the blaze was contained but still burning. So far, reports of damages are unknown.
Police and fire officials were unavailable for comment at press time.
– Compiled by Mackenzie Clark