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“We would hope that ourcustomers are not underthe impression that we areonly making these changesbecause o any contractissues...” Tim Ness, DiningServices Interim GeneralManager
By Alexa Chihos and RachelArmstrong with reporting byEsther Moss, Becky Doucette,and Jordyn Arndt
“We are alling relative to ourpeers in the ACTC institutionsand are near the bottom in theMinnesota private schools...”--James Ashley, SCU associateproessor o economics
News in brief
• Updates on headlines
rom around the globe
Tsunami in Japan:
The largest earthquake to hit Japan inover a century triggered a tsunami onMarch 11. Authorities estimate the deathtoll to be nearing 10,000 people. Japan’sEmperor Akihito appeared on televisionto appeal to the public not to lose hopeater last week’s disasters. The U.S. military has delivered more than 7,000 pounds o supplies, and more than $5.8 million inU.S. aid has been sent to Japan.High levels o radiation rom Japan’sFukushima Daiichi nuclear plant continue
• Concerns persist as
Sodexo makes changes
By Devon Arndt
senior staff writer
St. Catherine University (SCU) DiningServices and Sodexo, the company thatmanages the ood on campus, have beenmaking changes recently, many o whichhave been well received. These includeupdated and expanded ood options, longerhours, and environmentally riendly options.However some community members questionSodexo’s motives or many o the changes, asSodexo’s contract with SCU is set to expireMay 31, 2012.Many o Sodexo’s changes have centeredo n p rov i d i n gsustainable diningoptions or the SCUcommunity. Sodexorecently beganoering discountsto customers whopurchased and usedreusable cups, andhas begun to providecompostable to-gocontainers. A similarprogram has begunat the Coee Shop.Customers whobring their own mug will receive a discounton beverage purchases.“The reusable cup program began as anational program. It has already been quitesuccessul at SCU. We have sold out o ourreusable cups and are currently orderingmore,” Dining Services Interim GeneralManager Tim Ness said.Ness eels that it is important thatSodexo continues to be responsive to SCU’senvironmental concerns, which aligns withSodexo’s commitment to sustainability.According to their website, Sodexo is“committed to developing and implementing
• SCU professors’ pay gap
Each year, St. Catherine University (SCU)participates in the American Association o University Proessors (AAUP) survey. Theinormation the AAUP receives is then publishedin Academe. The 2010 inormation providedby Academe has spurred discussion in theSCU community surrounding proessors’compensation.According to average salary numbersreported by Academe in 2010, the meanproessor salary within reporting AssociatedColleges o the Twin Cities (ACTC) schools
(Augsburg College, Hamline University,Macalester Collge, the University o St.Thomas, and SCU) is $88,500. The meansalary or a proessor at SCU is $73,700.Associate proessor o economics JamesAshley reects on the signifcance o thesenumbers at a women’s university where themajority o aculty are women.“This is somewhat revealing because i you divide our salary by the average [ACTC]salary, proessors get 83 percent, associateproessors get 86 percent, assistants get84 percent, and all ranks combined get 81percent o the salary o their ACTC peers,”Ashley said. “The reason that is signifcant isbecause we are sort o like society – because 80percent o the aculty [at SCU] are women.”Susan Sexton, director o Human Resourcesat SCU, fnds comparing compensation basedon Academe numbers problematic.“In the March-April 2010 Academe issue,Augsburg [College]...had not reported any
See COMPENSATION, pg. 2
data. Also, [the University o] St. Thomas andHamline [University]include their law andbusiness proessor salaries in the data they report, making it difcult to make meaningulcomparisons,” Sexton said. “Academe willissue its next report in April 2011.”Academe also published reported numbersrom the Minnesota Private College Council(MPCC), which compared both the salariesand compensation proessors receive romtheir respective institutions. SCU proessors,associate proessors, and assistant proessorsall ranked 13th out o the 15 schools reporting.“We are alling relative to our peers in theACTC institutions and are near the bottom inthe Minnesota private schools,” Ashley said.The SCU administration has recognizedthese concerns and has attempted to addressthem.“[President Lee] has consistently madecompensation a high priority or the university.In 2007 [she] established a college-widecommission to develop a compensation planto guide decisions around compensation,”Sexton said. “The plan situated compensationas a priority o the highest order within theschool’s priorities. Originally the plan wasto be or a period o three years; however,due to the stresses o our country’s economy,our Board o Trustees approved an extensionto the plan.”For associate proessor o French, FrancineConley, as SCU’s institutional identity changes,new and more eective ways to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions,conserve water, promote responsible wastemanagement, and reduce the use o toxicchemicals.”Despite Sodexo’s commitment tosustainability however, some students havebeen rustrated by the slow progress.“It’s clear that students want a greenercampus, and Sodexo is making some attemptsto do that. The changes have been slow, andthere are many things we can do to make itmore environmentally riendly. Speakingrom experience, it has been difcult to getcertain demands met with Sodexo,” sophomoreLiesl Wol said.Another change set to begin next allis a discount program oered specifcally or resident students. Beginning in the allo 2011, students who live on campus willreceive a 25 percent discount in the diningroom, while those not on a meal plan willpay ull price.Resident Housing Association (RHA)has been working onthis program or yearsand Heidi Anderson-Isaacson, Director o Resident Lie, encouragesstudents to oer eedbackto either Sodexo or RHA.“Ultimately, it is ourjob to listen and respondto our customers’concerns and we can’tdo that i they don’tshare their opinions,”Anderson-Isaacson said.While most eedbacksurrounding Sodexo’s changes has beenpositive, especially among younger students,some students eel that Sodexo and RHAshould have oered this program sooner.“I think it is a good program to beneftresident students, but it is rustrating that ittook them until my senior year to implementit,” senior Caitlin Mans said. “I eel like itwould have saved me money and may haveinuenced me to eat healthier, because thehealthier ood tends to cost more. There arestill some changes to be made.”Ness agrees and addressed concernso some community members who eelthese changes are Sodexo’sattempts at contractrenewal.“We are here to providea service to our customers;we strive to make ourlocations a destinationthat people can cometo eat, visit, and study.There have been quite aew changes but most o them have been broughton by new leadership.We would hope that ourcustomers are not underthe impression that weare only making thesechanges because o any contract issues,” Ness said.Despite concerns, many see the contract expirationas an opportunity to workwith Sodexo.“Perhaps i [Sodexo]continues to listen tostudents’ concerns andtheir contract is renewed,we can begin to work moreefciently together,” frst-year Jennier Rowe said.Devon can be reachedat
Salad options in the SCU dining hall. Photo by Heather Kolnick.New displays and food options in the SCU dining hall.Photo by Heather Kolnick.
to worry the international community.The three St. Catherine Universtity (SCU)students currently studying in Japan aresae. Two o the students were not in thevicinity o the earthquake or tsunami, andthe third alerted ofcials that she was sae.
NFL Labor Dispute:
The National Football League PlayersAssociation (NFLPA) has decertifed orthe irst time since 1989, ater 16 dayso talks between players and owners. Indispute are the player compensation gap,implementation o year-round health andsaety rules, establishment o a new legacy und or retired players, and compensationreduction or veterans, among other things.The owners proposed to “split the dierences”between NFLPA demands; however, withoutproper fnancial documentation, the NFLPAdid not accept, and chose to decertiy. Tenplayers have iled an anti-trust lawsuitagainst the NFL.