Hello everyone, and welcome to the May 9th edition of the Daily Dose for Breakdrink.com!
A potential revised policy from the California State University System Board of Trustees states future presidents of Cal State campuses will earn no more in base salary than their predecessors, unless the individual institution can raise non-public funds for increasing their pay. The policy goes to the full board for approval later today. The policy would allow institutions to be transparent and accountable to taxpayers, while still giving institutions a way to remain competitive when hiring new leadership.
In other California news, the University of California system is potentially looking at a 6% tuition increase. In addition to the increase, if voters do not pass Governor Jerry Brown’s tax plan in November, the institutions would also need to consider a mid year tuition increase in the range of double digits – or make drastic cuts to campus programs and staffing.
Students at Loyola University in Chicago made a bold move on behalf of sustainability. A majority of students voted last week to phase out the sale of disposable water bottles on campus in 2013. The university currently gives incoming students reusable bottles, and has installed 35 bottle refill stations on campus.
Buzz Bissinger, author of Friday Night Lights, has called for a ban on college football. This call has come from recent news of many tuition increases across the country coupled with scrutinizing the fees college students are paying. The article includes a list of the institutions where students are charged the most for college athletics, with Rutgers University topping the list, spending $9 million that comes directly from students.
Continuing with the sports theme, Shaun Green, head coach of the men’s soccer team at Central Connecticut State University, stole and trashed around 150 copies of the student newspaper. Coach Green was caught on camera grabbing newspapers from three student center racks, with an assistant coach by his side. According to the student newspaper’s coverage of the incident, Coach Green did not like the article published about his soccer team, which they say was similar to the press release issued – stating the soccer team had been disqualified from the next year’s post-season due to NCAA academic sanctions. Coach Green has apologized to campus security, but not to the newspaper staff.
The Chronicle of Higher Education recently dismissed one of their bloggers, Naomi Schaefer Riley, after a blog post she wrote deriding black studies as an academic discipline. Riley looked at the titles of dissertations, and called them “left-wing victimization claptrap.” After questions whether Riley had actually read the dissertations, she stated she had no interest in reading the dissertations, that they were too narrowly focused to be widely read or have much academic value. After initially supporting Ms. Schaefer Riley, the Chronicle ultimately decided that her blog did not meet the editorial standards of the Chronicle, and dismissed her.
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