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ISSUE 116 VOL 9 PUBLISHED 11/15/2002

College Cheers and Jeers

By Anonymous
Contributing Writer

Friday, November 15, 2002

University of St. Thomas

Jeers to the state legislature for cutting work study budgets for private schools. Students at private colleges across Minnesota, including the University of St. Thomas, are stressed due to work cuts. The Aquin newspaper from the University of St. Thomas covered St. Thomas's concerns regarding the Legislature's $700,00 cut in work-study funds. The article titled "Work-study cuts still worry students," expresses the concerns of one St. Thomas senior students, Carla Barker. St. Thomas is unable to offer Barker any concrete solutions regarding her job. Barker currently works 35 hours per week, using the money to pay for car bills and living expenses. Baker works for the management center where her supervisor Shauna Dodge-Oakley has spent much time training Baker so that would be able to work for the center for the duration of her college career. In past years, Barker has been given an extension on her work-study award, but she does not have the same luxury this year. The Minnesota Private College Council (MPCC) is lobbying for a $52 million increase in financial aid. The director of MPCC, Mike Wilhelmi pushes students to contact their legislature. In doing so, the legislature will know what is on the minds of the people. Like St. Thomas and St. Olaf, other private colleges are dealing with work-study cuts. At The College of St. Catherine, the college has been forced to dip into their contingency funds after facing a cut of $250,000. Pam Johnson, director of financial aid at St. Catherine's said, "I would be surprised to see the legislature let the work-study money go [next year]. The legislature really supports the idea of students working to pay for college."

Ripon College

Cheers to Ripon College's newspaper, College Days, for positively showing how their professors are dealing with stress from an increase in enrollment. Often it is the students who feel like they are the only one's on their campus that feel stressed out. Ripon College reports that not only are the students stressed, but also the professors. While enrollment has increased in the past year at Ripon College, professors are finding themselves stressed with the additional numbers of students. Ripon's head volleyball coach, Kelly Witte views their increased enrollment as a positive change that provides for positive professional growth. "It challenges me to be more creative with my lessons and activities when teaching," said Witte. Increased enrollment has put a strain on the professors, causing them to adjust their lesson plans to incorporate more students. "There are so many students to divide my attention among. I see my students and it is easy to forget that they have a lot of other classes and activities, and it is useful to let others know that professors are feeling stress too," said English professor Robin Woods. "The level of frustration is present, but we aren't acting on the frustration. We are acting in good will toward the students," said professor of biology Bob Wallace. Biology professor Doug Light said that we have a tendency to compare things to how they used to be. "If we didn't have a sense of history, we might now feel as much stress and we do. What if we just assumed this year is the proper norm for the college?" said Light.

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