Faculty Senate debates classroom policies, disability services

first_imgStudent behavior during class, disability services and a new master’s program sparked debate in Faculty Senate this semester, chair Morten Eskildsen said. Eskildsen said the group acts as a voice for faculty interests on campus. “We work in two ways — first as a reactionary to initiatives, proposals or anything that changes across campus that would affect faculty and secondly as a proactive group to address issues we feel could be improved,” Eskildsen said. Faculty Senate met only twice this semester due to the death of former chair J. Keith Rigby, Jr., Eskildsen said. Rigby, an associate professor of civil engineering and geological sciences, died Nov. 5. Eskildsen said he cancelled the group’s November meeting in honor of Rigby. Generally the Faculty Senate meets once every month. Within the Senate are four committees — Academic Affairs, Administrative Affairs, Benefits and Student Affairs. Two students also sit on Faculty Senate as non-voting members. Ellen Childs represented graduate students, and student body vice president Brett Rocheleau spoke for undergraduates. The faculty representatives discussed disruptive student behavior during its meetings this semester. Eskildsen said the use of cell phones and laptops during class concerns some faculty members. Some professors also expressed frustration with tardiness and students who left during class, he said. “The first thing is then to do some fact finding and find out to which degree this is a real issue,” Eskildsen said. “Some people have expressed this concern on one committee, but it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s widespread.” Rocheleau said he hoped to work with the committee to solve any issues professors had with students’ behavior in class. “Talk about it and tell us,” Rocheleau said. “If a professor puts it in a syllabus, we know. Some professors agree with some points [on student behavior] but I don’t see how anything would be achieved by a study, which some faculty want to do.” The student representatives made a list of seven initiatives that could possibly improve student-faculty relations, Rocheleau said. The seven initiatives included developing graduate student committees, improved graduate housing, reform in graduate health care, provision of teaching opportunities to graduate students, achieving balance in faculty’s academic and home lives, the creation of an online syllabus database and updating disability services. Disability services have been a large topic of discussion in the group this semester, Rocheleau said. Eskildsen said the Faculty Senate worried the services did not fulfill the needs of those students. “We have an office that provides services for anyone with a physical or learning disability, but it would seem it is understaffed,” Eskildsen said. “Some teachers even take it on themselves and go way beyond what preparation for class should be to help remove obstacles in their way.” Another item on the Senate’s agenda has been a proposal for a master’s degree in Patent Law, which would be a part of the College of Science. “The Faculty Senate is asked for input when new programs are proposed,” he said. “The Academic Affairs Committee is looking into this one.” In addition to these issues, the Faculty Senate also planned to reassess faculty benefits, Eskildsen said. “Hopefully in our [next] meeting , [director of compensation and benefits] Denise Murphy will brief us on some of the latest developments relating to retirement savings and those programs,” he said. “The Committee on Benefits monitors what is going on and advocates for the faculty.” No matter the topic of discussion, Eskildsen said the main goal of the group this semester was to resolve issues on behalf of the faculty. “We try not to just point out problems, though it is necessary,” he said. “We want to offer constructive solutions as to how things could improve.”last_img read more

No. 1 seed Syracuse falls to No. 4 seed North Carolina, 16-15, in the ACC tournament

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 28, 2017 at 10:48 pm Contact Charlie: [email protected] | @charliedisturco DURHAM, N.C. — Syracuse is used to these late-game situations. Battling back from a deficit as the game winds down has become a normality for the top-ranked team in the country. SU already defeated North Carolina two weeks ago after trailing by five. But the deficit had never been nine — and never has Syracuse battled back from such a steep hole to win.That held true in the first round of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament, as No. 1 seed Syracuse (11-2, 4-0 ACC) fell just shy of making its largest comeback in program history. No. 4 seed North Carolina (7-7, 1-3) used a dominant 11-1 first-half run, jumping out to a nine-goal lead and eventually defeating the Orange, 16-15. The Orange’s first loss since Feb. 25 against Army also marks the first time Syracuse will not play in the conference championship since joining the ACC.Syracuse struck first with a Jamie Trimboli left-handed shot. That was Ben Williams’ last faceoff win for the next 21 minutes and 16 seconds. North Carolina slowly picked apart the SU defense after each faceoff win. The offense gelled as a unit and used its transition offense to jump out to an early lead. Ten different Tar Heels contributed a goal in what became an 11-1 run.“The transition game sparked the offense,” UNC head coach Joe Breschi said. “We were getting those early offensive looks, scoring, winning faceoffs, settling down in the six on six and took care of the ball.“We weren’t forcing things — we were looking for the right matchups.”After Trimboli’s goal, the Orange could not find the back of the net for roughly a quarter. The few looks the offense had in transition resulted in turnovers or saves and transition in the opposite direction. SU’s only goal in the UNC first-half run came on a fast break by Peter Dearth — Sergio Salcido forced a turnover, picked up the ground ball and found an open Dearth cutting toward the cage.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“We didn’t get a chance to play of lot of offense in the first half,” Syracuse head coach John Desko said, “and they got the early lead.”With Williams losing faceoff after faceoff, Desko decided to make a change. He went with freshman Danny Varello, an otherwise consistent producer at the X in the bits and pieces he has played throughout the season. But even Varello could not figure out UNC’s Stephen Kelly, who won 13 straight after losing the opening faceoff.Kelly’s success at the X led to quick transition goals. Ten seconds after Syracuse’s only goal in the 11-1 run, long pole Jack Lambert picked up the ground ball off a Kelly faceoff win and fired a shot past Evan Molloy. Less than 10 minutes later, Lambert broke out in transition, wound up and fired top shelf.Each faceoff win quickly resulted in long possessions for North Carolina. The team passed the ball around, using its top threats — attacks Chris Cloutier and Luke Goldstock — as well as its younger players, like Tanner Cook, Justin Anderson and Andy Matthews. The Syracuse defense tried sliding to adjust, but that only created holes. Over a handful of times UNC’s passing resulted in an opening and one-on-one with goalie Molloy.“Drawing slides, drawing men and being able top see the whole field,” Cloutier said. “We’re meshing really well right now.”When the SU defense would stick close to the attacks and cut off the passing lanes, UNC worked the ball up to the midfielders, who attacked the short sticks. Early in the game, Michael Tagliaferri scored his first after beating Joe Gillis on a dodge.“We wanted to do to them what they were doing to us,” Desko said. “Start some fast breaks going from defense to offense … Their poles are very good offensive players and to make the shots they made with their poles, we knew that could happen.”Syracuse has had a similar script in most of its games this season. A late comeback, a chaotic ending and a one-goal game normally ending in its favor. But this time, a dreadful first half reversed the script.“It just got away from us in the second quarter,” Desko said. “There wasn’t anything we were really doing well.” Commentslast_img read more

Thursday October 17th Local Sports

first_imgMASON CITY — Both of NIACC’s cross country teams remain ranked in this week’s Division I polls. The Lady Trojans are ranked 14th after placing fourth in their own Trent Smith Invitational last Friday. Iowa Central is ranked first in the women’s poll followed by Southern Idaho. Iowa Western out of the conference is ranked 10th. The NIACC men are ranked 17th in this week’s poll after placing fifth in the Trent Smith Invitational last week. Cloud County Community College of Kansas is ranked first, with three other conference members being ranked in the top 25 — Iowa Central third, Iowa Western sixth and Hawkeye Community College 22nd. Both NIACC teams are off until the Region XI meet in Ottumwa on October 25th. AMES — Iowa State’s emerging ground game has given the Cyclone offense more confidence heading into this week’s game at Texas Tech. ISU has averaged 166 yards on the ground the past two weeks and senior receiver La’Michael Pettway believes it will lead to more big plays.Freshman running back Breece Hall burst onto the scene with 132 yards on the ground in a win at West Virginia.Sophomore receiver Tarique Milton says the emergence of Hall gives the Cyclones an added dimension.Kickoff in Lubbock is scheduled for 11 o’clock on Saturday AMES — A new look Iowa State basketball team will be out to make another post-season run. The Cyclones lost nearly half the roster off of last year’s team that won the Big 12 tournament title and coach Steve Prohm has been searching for the right combinations.Michael Jacobson returns along the front line and sophomore guard Tyrese Haliburton was named to pre-season All Big 12 first team.Prohm says Haliburton will be counted on to log a lot of minutes.A key addition will be Penn State transfer Rasir Bolton at guard.A tough Big 12 race will be part of what Prohm calls a demanding schedule.The Cyclones open at home on November fifth against Mississippi Valley State. IOWA CITY — The Iowa Hawkeyes will be out to snap a two game losing streak this week when they host Purdue. Freshman receiver Nico Ragaini  says the Hawkeyes are focused on what still can be accomplished.Quarterback Nate Stanley says they have gone back to work in hopes of fixing an offense that has scored only one touchdown in two games.Iowa safety Geno Stone says there has not been a loss of confidence.Kickoff at Kinnick Stadium is scheduled for 11 o’clock, with the pre-game starting at 9 o’clock on AM-1300 KGLO IOWA FALLS — Kennedy Meister earned her 1000th career dig on Wednesday night as the NIACC volleyball team swept Ellsworth three sets to nothing — 25-11, 25-14 and 25-12. NIACC is 6-1 in conference play and 24-8 overall. The Lady Trojans remain in a three-way tie atop the conference standings with Iowa Central and Northeast Community College, with Iowa Central beating Southeastern and Northeast sweeping Southwestern last night. NIACC travels to the Iowa Lakes tournament with two matches each on Friday and Saturday.last_img read more