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VOLUME 73, NUMBER 3September 26, 2012
"Students owe the mostof anyone in the U.S."pg. 3"Suffolk Students From Venezuela: ElectionTime"pg. 6"The Perks of Be-ing a Wallflower"pg. 13"Women's SoccerStarting to FindTheir Way in YounSeason"pg. 18"Bike Share NotEager To ShareBikes"pg. 16
 Suffolk Journal
Haven Orecchio-Egresitz
 Journal Staff 
 Adjunct and part-time lec-turers across the nation aregrowing discontent with theirposition on the hierarchy of professors, according to a re-port released this August by the Center for the Future of Higher Education.The report, “Who is Pro-fessor Staff?”, focuses on the“second-class” treatment of contingent faculty, who makeup more than half of collegeand university professors inthe United States, and also, atSuffolk University.“The caste system in highereducation is alive and well inevery American institution,and Suffolk is no different,”explained Robert Rosenfeld,philosophy professor and Pres-ident of the Suffolk AffiliatedFaculty-American Associationof University Professors (SAF- AAUP), the union representingpart-time and adjunct profes-sors at Suffolk. Although adjunct profes-sors at Suffolk have numerousconcerns, the union acknowl-edges that the contingent fac-ulty here are generally betteroff in terms of pay and ben-efits than at many other insti-tutions.One of the many concernsthat do face part-time lectur-ers at Suffolk is the last min-ute assignment or cancellationof classes, Rosenfeld says.By the week of registra-tion, he notes, most full-timeprofessors have been assignedtheir classes and are allocatedenough time to prepare forthe coming semester. Howev-er, when students are makingtheir schedules, many classesare still listed on the coursecatalog as being instructed by “Professor: Staff.” The unionnotes that these are typically the classes that will later beassigned to adjunct professors,or “lecturers” as they prefer tobe called. The terms “contin-gent” or “adjunct” often come with the connotation of tem-porary, which does not holdtrue to the many lecturers whohave been working 10 or more years at the university, com-mented Bebe Beard, long-timeprofessor at NESAD and VicePresident of the union.Without an adequateamount of time to prepare,many lecturers find them-selves throwing together poor-er quality syllabi and quickly choosing textbooks that areeither a poor fit for the courseor unnecessarily expensive,according to the 2011 report.Late assignments are said toalso frustrate students who areoften registering for courses without any idea of who willbe teaching them.“Sometimes, when I amchoosing between two sectionsof the same course, I make my decision based on my prior ex-perience with the professors,”said Lauren Gugliuzza, a gov-ernment major. “It gets undermy skin when I have to makea blind decision and later findout I turned down a chance totake a course with a professor who I have already built a re-lationship with.”But it isn’t the last minuteassignments that have someprofessors most concerned. Itis the lack of job security anddifficulty to earn and keephealth insurance that some de-scribe as a bigger problem.For a part-time lecturer tobe eligible for health insur-ance, the union says, he or shemust teach two courses eachsemester for 10 consecutivesemesters. If the lecturer hasa class cancelled and falls be-low the two courses, they muststart the cycle from the begin-ning.“Ten semesters isn’t such atough goal to meet when theuniversity is in good shape,”added Rosenfeld, “But in thecurrent financial crunch, younever know if your class willbe under-enrolled and get can-celled.”In order for a course to takeplace, it must meet the mini-mum enrollment requirement.This year the minimum enroll-Elections for Suffolk’s Stu-dent Government Association(SGA) are happening this week and the candidates are eagerto get started. Each candidatehas a unique platform and wishes to represent the diversestudent voices at Suffolk. SGA  Vice President Vito Gallo saidthat voting was especially im-portant this year.“There’s actually a lot of competition,” said Gallo. “Inother years, there have beenmore spots than people. Now we have more people.”Gallo added that the major-ity of students who are run-ning are new to the electionsat Suffolk.Running for SGA senator isout of sophomore Dialis Mo-lina’s comfort zone, but herexperience as an OrientationLeader inspired her to get in- volved.“I’m approachable,” saidMolina. “I want peopleto knowthat they can tell methings andI will do my  very best tohelp them.I’m excitedto get go-ing.”Molinasaid thatshe wouldfocus on what students need most. Spe-cifically, she mentioned im-
Gianna Carchia
Online Arts Editor
Vote for Student Government Senate Positions
proving the process of bring-ing guests into the cafeteria at150 Tremont.Sophomore Tyler LeBlanc’sexperience as an OrientationLeader also inspired him torun for office.“I really got to see how Suf-folk works internally,” saidLeBlanc. “I feel like there are afew things I could help with. Ihope to gain more experienceand get things done.”One of LeBlanc’s major fo-cuses isSuffolk'sinternet.He believesthat witha greaterpush to- wards on-line home- work, thenetwork needs to bemore reli-able.“I justhave a lotof passion,” LeBlanc added. “Ireally love this university andI want to be able to convey the opinions of my fellow stu-dents.”Other candidates are fo-cused on representing a specif-ic population at the University.If elected, one of senior UlrichDossou’s main goals is to con-nect the diverse student body at Suffolk.“It’s my way to give back tothe Suffolk community,” saidDossou. “I love to be involvedon campus.”Dossou said that he wantsto be a part of how the di- verse students at Suffolk in-teract more and get to knoweach other. Junior candidateChuyi Luo, on the other hand, wants to be the voice for fel-low transfer students. Also aninternational student, she
see ADJNUCT page 2
Photo by Ivan Favelevic
ment at the New England
see SGA page 2
The Voice of Suffolk's Adjunct Faculty
 Wednesday, September 19
6:57 p.m.Miller Hall
Possession of marijuana-less than one
ounce. Report fled.
Friday, September 21
5:59 p.m.73 Tremont
Tresspassing. No report fled.
Saturday, September 22
2:39 a.m.10 West
Liquor law violation-possession of alco-
hol by a minor. Report fled.
Monday, September 24
7:37 p.m.Sawyer Building
Larceny. Case closed.
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The Suffolk Journal
hopes to strengthen theirinvolvement at Suffolk.“I want to let them knowmore about the school,” Luosaid. “I want to help them withtheir careers and start goodnetworking.”She also said she wantsto help undecided studentschoose a major by helpingthem discover what they loveto do.“I think I can learn a lottoo,” added Luo. “When I helppeople, I can also help myself.”Some candidates wish toreach above the student body and have ambitious ideas forthe university and SGA.“I’m running because thefreshman class has a goldenopportunity to make a goodname for itself here at school,”said freshman candidate SeanEgan. Egan’s initial goal if elected is to revitalize SGA’sfundraising in new and inno- vative ways.“Good fundraising canmake or break an organiza-tion,” Egan said. “We need tobreak out of the mold. It’s allabout promotion and creativ-ity.”Freshman Matthew Giffordis the former Chairman of theMassachusetts State Student Advisory Council (SSAC) andhe wants to make sure thatstudents’ voices are heard.“I’m running off a very unique policy,” Gifford ex-plained. “Most others have asolid idea for what they wantto change. I don’t want to sellmy ideas. The job of the sena-tor is not to tell them what I want to do. It’s to listen to thepeople and hear their ideas.”Gifford said he has been in- volved in his community sincehis freshman year of highschool. As a student represen-tative for the SSAC, he repre-sented all the students in Mas-sachusetts from Kindergartenthrough Grade 12.“I want to be the voice of those students who can’t speak out or don’t know how tospeak up,” said Gifford. “I wantto be their liaison. We’re notkids; we’re adults. We shouldbe making our own decisions.”While these are not all of the candidates running forSGA senator at Suffolk, theirideas are representative of thepower each student has to ini-tiate change and growth at theUniversity.“The people you’re elect-ing are your voice,” Gallo said.“Take advantage of that.” Voting closes tonight; to-morrow, newly elected SGA senators will begin making adifference at Suffolk Univer-sity.
SGAcontinued from page 1
School of Art and Design was raised to 16 students perclass, according to Beard.“Getting classes assigned atthe last minute is a nuisance,but it is something you know you’re going to have to deal with signing on, and you en-dure because of your love forteaching,” she said. “Whatbothers us was when the edu-cation of the students and theonce wholesome community at NESAD was compromised inorder to cut costs by packingmore students into each sec-tion.”NESAD is a school thatthrives on small class sizesand the open collaboration of professors, adds Beard. Sincethe class sizes have increasedand several valued part-timelecturers have been laid off,she claims there is a sense of resentment and envy betweenfulltime and part-time faculty that is harming the culture of the programs.Former part-time professor,Jeff Hull, who has lectured atNESAD for the past 16 years, was one of the lecturers whodid not return this fall.“This summer a colleagueof mine told me she receivedan email notifying her that she was not needed to work thissemester. I was sympathetic,but I was sure that it couldn’thappen to me because studentshad already begun to registerfor my fall classes,” explainedHull. “I was shocked the nextday when I received the very same email.”Rosenfeld said the unionhopes to resolve such issues.Since the union’s first nego-tiation in 2009, conditions atSuffolk have improved signifi-cantly, he claimed. Not only did the transition from a threecredit system to a four creditsystem help influence a raisein pay, but many professorshave also become eligible forhealth care. However, there isa concern that the next con-tract negotiation will not runas smoothly.“We want to keep our bene-fits and discuss more job secu-rity,” he said, “but that may bedifficult to achieve if financesstay the same.”Contacted last week, uni- versity spokesperson Greg Gat-lin said: “We recognize the vi-tal role adjunct professors play in teaching Suffolk students,and we strive to provide ap-propriate levels of compensa-tion for adjuncts and all em-ployees, given the existingconstraints.”
 Adjunct Facultycontinued from page 1
PAGE 3September 26, 2012
The Suffolk Journal
Election Day is just over amonth away, and the presi-dential candidates are gettingdown to business and doingall they can to get the majority  votes come November 6. Presi-dent Obama, Governor Rom-ney, and their Vice Presiden-tial candidates are travelingall over the country and mak-ing appearances as frequently as possible with the debateslooming over their heads. They are each trying to sway thepublic and, more specifically,the voters to earn support.Obama and Romney areboth giving their all to appealto the different voter groupssuch as the elderly, Latin Amer-icans, veterans, small businessowners, middle class workers,and, possibly the most impor-tant, the youth and students inthe United States. Consideringthey are the future, many po-litical analysts are monitoring what impact, big or small, stu-dents will have on the race this year. The ever-present topic of improving the economy is thenumber one concern for most.But, for many students and young voters, the key issue athand is college loans and therising student debt crisis. According to the nonparti-san Project Vote organization,even though they are “21 per-cent of the eligible voter popu-lation, voters 18-29 made uponly 17 percent of the actual voting population in 2008.” Inthis election, they still havepotential to actually be thedeciding factor in whetherObama is reelected or Romney becomes our 45th president. Itis obvious that they are the fu-ture of the country, so in real-ity one would think that whatconcerns them most would bea popular topic on the cam-paign trail. The amount of stu-dent loan debt in the UnitedStates passed the amount of total credit card debt last yearand, just this summer, passedthe $1 trillion mark. In such anunsteady economic situation,students are becoming moreand more worried about know-ing if they will ever be able topay off their student loans.Suffolk freshman and eco-nomics major Doug DellaPortadoes not have any studentsloans because, unlike mostpeople his age, he can simply afford tuition without them.DellaPorta says that, “studentloans take advantage of stu-dents by exploiting their ex-treme need for a loan,” andthat “they charge very highrates and really make studentspay for the money they bor-row.”DellaPorta says, “it leavesstudents in desperate needfor a loan and they’re forcedto agree to the bank's terms.”He realizes the huge advantagethat he has over other studentscoming out of college.In June, Congress votedto extend the just over threepercent interest rate for stu-dent loans for another year. Although this can be consid-ered progress, many studentsare still looking for more as-sistance with such a high fis-cal burden. This was also why a vast majority of the Occupy Wall Street protesters were
Miles Halpine
 Journal Contributor
Students owe the most of anyone in U.S.
Michael Bell was announcedas Suffolk’s Interim Provostfrom fall 2012 to spring 2013.His job as provostis very specific,and he has quite afew plans in placefor Suffolk.“Suffolk wassort of an acci-dent,” said Bell who was askedto join the tem-porary faculty by President McCar-thy. Bell had notplanned to cometo Suffolk, butnow is glad to bea part of the teamthat will choose anew and complete staff for theUniversity. He said he plansto “keep the ship afloat” andto “keep it going in the rightdirection” as interim provost.The biggest of his dutiesin this position is defining theroles of two new vice provosts who will join the staff afterhis leave in the spring. Thisinvolves selecting two people who will bring student andfaculty success to Suffolk.“This is such a good place,
Melissa Hanson
 Assistant News Editor
all the parts are strong...oneof the possibilities is to makeall the parts stronger,” saidBell. He wants to add a newdimension to the University by getting the faculty of all thethree Suffolk colleges to work together.“Suffolk is not broken, Suf-folk is trying to get better,”under 30-years-old. The move-ment had voice last year, butit is not certain if it will helpshape a voice for the younger voters this year.In terms of the candidates’positions on student loan debt,they each have a plausible so-lution. Obama offers an ‘Edu-cation Calculator’ for parentsand students to compare theadvantages of his plan for im-proving the process. His web-site also criticizes Romney’scampaign by saying, “shoparound, get a good price,” re-ferring to Romney’s multipleplans.Romney’s campaign websiteprovides three plans for mak-ing higher education more af-fordable. He says, “Strengthenand simplify the financial aidsystem," “welcome private sec-tor participation instead of pushing it away,” and “replaceburdensome regulation withinnovation and competition.”said Bell. He remarks on howmuch the faculty of Suffolk hasin common. Bell says they arenot teachers of Grade 13, thatthey are “women and men whocould transmit knowledge intoa classroom.” This is the com-mon purpose of the faculty ac-cording to Bell, who hopes if given the opportunity, the fac-ulty of all three colleges willcome together and create abigger, prouder Suffolk com-munity.“If you can create contextfor collaboration...show themall that teaching and learningare the center of what they do, but not the only thing they do,” said Bell. One of his maingoals as interim provost is tocreate a good transition andbring in people and conceptsthat will allow for the best ser- vices to students.Bell is originally from theBoston area, but travelled toPhiladelphia to study at St. Jo-
Brown Replaced by Interim Provost
Both presidential candi-dates still have some time toshare their message and ideasfor a better America, but the younger voters have a chanceto actually make a difference.The outcome will show whateffect they have in the com-ing years. Student loan debt will keep increasing across thecountry, state by state, studentby student, until someonedoes something to better thesituation.seph’s, a Jesuit university forhis undergraduate degree.“I wanted the experience of going away,” said Bell. Aftercollege he worked as a faculty member at multiple collegesfor about 23 years and then joined the administrations atFranklin Pierce College andMerrimack College.“I sort of thought I’d gottenan unexpected career,” saidBell.Bell takes pleasure in hik-ing, walking, and golf. Healso loves reading and watch-ing movies, and remarked onthe imagination those activi-ties bring and how that is thedefinition of humanity. Every Sunday he and his wife try tocomplete the
New York Times 
crossword puzzle.Overall, Bell is excited to bea part of the Suffolk commu-nity, he says, “I’m really happy to be here, this is a really won-derful opportunity.”

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