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

MSOC : Syracuse doomed by wasted opportunities in double-overtime loss to Villanova

first_img Comments Published on October 26, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Rachel: [email protected] Syracuse threw all of its numbers forward, trying to score the game’s first goal on a corner kick for the win. But with just less than a minute left in the second overtime, the ball was cleared out of the Villanova box and the Wildcats counter attack was underway.Matt Margiotta streaked down the field and broke free, getting open to receive a pass as he sprinted toward the SU goal. With 44 seconds left, Margiotta put a shot past Syracuse goalkeeper Phil Boerger, who came charging out of the net to try and make the save.A stunning game-winner, one even more disappointing for Syracuse after it missed many game-winning opportunities on its offensive end.‘Yeah,’ SU midfielder Ted Cribley said, pausing to digest the defeat. ‘It’s a tough loss. We thought that we deserved to win. Sometimes that happens. And we sort of just have to bite our lip and get on with it.’The Orange (3-11-1, 1-6-1 Big East) blew prime scoring opportunities in its 1-0 double overtime loss on a rainy Wednesday night in front of 281 fans at SU Soccer Stadium. The game-winning goal for Villanova (6-7-4, 3-4-1 Big East) would not have even been needed had SU converted on one of its 20 shots first.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse now finds itself in a must-win game at DePaul on Saturday if it hopes to extend its season by making the Big East tournament.Coming off a win against Cincinnati in which it scored a season-high four goals, SU struggled to find the back of the net Wednesday. And though the game’s only goal was the difference in SU’s loss, the Orange could have avoided any overtimes had it scored on any of its multiple set pieces throughout the game.But every chance the Orange got was turned away by Villanova goalkeeper John Fogarty.‘Their goalkeeper pulled off some good saves,’ SU head coach Ian McIntyre said. ‘On another night, maybe we score a couple. I think we had good chances, played some good stuff and sometimes you give credit to another team.’SU midfielder Nick Roydhouse, one of SU’s top scoring threats, had multiple chances to score the go-ahead goal. With just under 14 minutes to go in regulation, Cribley came down the field and got a foul call in his favor.The foul set up a free kick for Roydhouse, who placed the ball in the center of the field and stared toward the goal. But his shot didn’t go in.There were also several instances when Cribley positioned himself well and used his speed to get an open field, but he too could not convert.Cribley said SU just needed to get one goal and the offensive rhythm from the Cincinnati win would be back.But it never happened.‘I think the game against Cincinnati the other night proved that we are capable of really putting in the performance when we get chances to finish,’ Cribley said. ‘Tonight we were expecting and hoping that that would happen again. Sometimes it doesn’t work.’Boerger had multiple saves that got the Syracuse crowd on its feet and kept the Orange in the game. But the offense couldn’t produce.In both overtimes, the Orange came out on the offensive on both sides of the ball. In the second overtime, SU had back-to-back corner kicks that were not successful. Roydhouse sent a strike to Lars Muller the first time, but Muller couldn’t get it done. Nick Perea passed in the next one, but again, SU couldn’t convert.The back-and-forth between Villanova and SU was constant, as evidenced by the 20 shots taken by both teams. And Villanova finally ended it when Margiotta put away his breakaway opportunity.McIntyre said this game doesn’t have a huge effect in the standings, and he talked with his team after the game to explain his rationale for throwing its numbers forward at the end.But the loss is still bothersome to the senior Roydhouse, the team captain who played in his final home game of his SU career.‘I should have scored,’ Roydhouse said. ‘I should have won the game for us at the end.‘Losing is never fun. So right now, everyone’s a little bit let down. I feel like we had the chances to win the game. It was our own fault that we didn’t score. Their keeper made a couple good saves, but they’re chances that we should be putting away. Last game we did. This game we didn’t.’[email protected]center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more