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THE HERALD Informing Arkansas State University since 1921

Vol. 89 Issue 24

Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010

Faculty Senate to take action Proposals drafted in response to conflict of interest claims, distance learning Samuel G. Smith Online Editor Three proposals dealing with issues related to ASU’s involvement with online education and the recent news that ASU administrators held positions in areas that would possibly pose a conflict of interest are being presented at Friday’s Faculty Senate meeting. The first proposal, submitted by professor of history Alex Sydorenko, cites several grievances related to the involvement of the ASU system with private online education company Academic Partnerships, formerly Higher Education Holdings. The proposal document cites a lack of shared governance in decision-making, a lack of student choice in course offerings and a “web of intertwined interests,” among others. Sydorenko declined to be interviewed.

“There may be laws broken here.” -Bill Rowe, professor of art William Maynard, associate professor of history and former faculty senator, said this proposal was a faculty collaboration with advice from the American Association of University Professors. According to its website,, its purpose is to “advance academic freedom and shared governance, to define fundamental professional values and standards for higher education, and to ensure higher education’s contribution to the common good.” Maynard said the AAUP provides legal resources to faculty and a national perspective to events and issues on individual campuses. The proposal calls to create a Faculty Senate committee to review the ethical

concerns in the partnership ASU has with AP and to enact a moratorium, a temporary ban on activity, on any new involvement with the company or with any other “for-profit private” business until the existing relationship is “fully investigated.” “I think the bottom line here is the institution is becoming more interested in money than it is in education,” said Bill Rowe, professor of art. “There may be laws broken here.” According to the proposal, for each course developed with AP the department chair for that course currently receives $1,000, faculty members developing the course receive $4,500 and departments receive bonus payments of $500.

Beverly Boals Gilbert, Faculty Senate president and professor of teacher education, said faculty compensation for developing online courses is fair. “Historically, we have been doing that since we began putting courses online,” Boals-Gilbert said. “In addition to your regular teaching load, that is very time consuming.” Jack Zibluk, professor of journalism and Faculty Senate president-elect, pointed out faculty only receive compensation if they develop online courses. Faculty members developing traditional courses taught in the classroom receive no extra compensation for their work. The second proposal, authored by professor of communication disorders and faculty senator Mike McDaniel, deals with faculty primacy and would give faculty and colleges the opportunity to vote on See SENATE, Page 5

SGA discusses proposals, holiday safety Michaela Kaberline Staff Writer New and revised system policies and issues around campus were discussed on Tuesday at the Student Government Association meeting. Patrolman and crime prevention officer Tracy Simpson started the meeting off with a campus update. “More cameras at Collegiate Park have been put up,” Simpson said. “More cameras are still to be put up around that area. We are still working on the lighting issues on Banks Street and getting lights in front of the Red W.O.L.F. Center, especially around crosswalk areas.” With the holidays coming up, Simpson wanted to let students know that if they are not staying on campus they need to take valuable items home. “A lot of break-ins happen during holiday vacations,” Simpson said. “You think everyone is gone home, but we still have a few students that stay on campus during breaks. Make sure that the door to your room is locked and try to take all your valuable items home so you won’t have to worry about it being stolen over the holidays.”

The new ASU System proposal for Persona Non Grata [PNG] was the next big topic discussed. According to a handout that was passed out at the meeting, the purpose of this system is to prohibit persons who have exhibited behavior detrimental to the university community from being present in any system locations and at any system functions. This policy is in addition to and does not supersede student conduct procedures or employee disciplinary procedures currently in place on any campus. The policy is said to be in effect beginning Dec. 3, but the date is still pending. “This new policy means that no matter which branch of ASU you go to, whether it’s Jonesboro, Newport, Mountain Home and so on, you can be kicked out of all the ASU campuses,” SGA President Adrian Everett said. “So if a student gets the Persona Non Grata status in Jonesboro, they will not be allowed on the Newport or the other ASU branch campuses.” A student can be labeled with the Persona Non Grata status if they demonstrate detrimental behaviors such See SGA, Page 5

Campus making renovations with stimulus money Casey Rinaldi Staff Writer The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) was signed into law by President Barack Obama in February 2009 and was designed as an economic stimulus program that would direct investments to the states for a number of years. ASU is currently receiving some of the funds of this act in order to improve the ASUJ campus. According to recovery., the act’s four main goals are, “To preserve and create jobs to maintain economic activity, to provide investments in technological advances in science and health, to invest in transportation,

environmental protection, and other long-term infrastructure improvements and to stabilize state and local budgets.” The site also states that, “currently, the state of Arkansas is expected to receive $3.17 billion in onetime, additional federal revenues, as administered by state government, over the life of the Recovery Act.” Signs have been posted on some campus buildings hailing the implementation of the ARRA. Al Stoverink, assistant vice chancellor for Facilities Management, explained how the act would influence the ASU campus, in addition to how the funds were obtained. “Dr. Potts and Dr. How-

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Siddique Aboobucker, a molecular bioscience major, talked about the Islamic community Tuesday at the International Cafe in Centennial Hall. Students exchanged cultural food, drinks and talked about international

Campus celebrates international diversity with week of events Lindsey Blakely Staff Writer International Education Week, sponsored by the International Student Center, came to a close Thursday with a talent and fashion show called “Parade of Nations”. Elisabeth Chan, the academic coordinator for the International Student Center, said the themed week began on Monday with a conversation and game night. “Anyone who is already involved with conversation partners came and people who weren’t involved, but interested in the program,” she said. “We had games and food for all of the international students and other students on campus.” Tuesday consisted of the international café. Individuals and groups brought presentations that represented their international experiences. “The students were able to express their travels and what they have done as international students,” Chan said. “We also had food and drinks for the participants and visitors.” On Wednesday night, the organization put together a movie night. The students watched the Australian film “Look Both Ways” in the auditorium of the Student Union. Chan said the biggest event, however, was Thursday’s talent and fashion show. “The ‘Parade of Nations’ was in Centennial Hall from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.,” she said. “There were dancers wearing traditional clothing, singers and poetry. The students who were manning different posters also wear special clothing, most are from their country.” Chan said her favorite part of the week is that it gave students a venue to show their culture. “It really gives students a time to talk about their experiences and what they’ve done,” Chan said. See DIVERSITY, Page 5

Caffeine-stimulating alcoholic beverages may be unsafe, lead to binge drinking Beth Bright Staff Writer

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Kylie Hornback from Jonesboro stops to read the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act posted on the side of the Business Building Wednesday. ASU is currently receiving funding from the program to renovate areas of campus. ard led an effort in collaboration with the college deans, Student Affairs division and the Finance and Administration division to brainstorm and compile facility needs and prioritize those in conformance See STIMULUS, Page 5

On Wednesday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) sent warning letters to manufacturers of alcoholic beverages containing caffeine stimulants, stating the combination of the two ingredients are unsafe. For years people have mixed alcohol with caffeinated drinks and with new “high octane” beverages, like Four Loko, causing more cases of alcohol poisoning and even death on campuses across the nation, it is important for Arkansas State students to understand the concerns surrounding such behaviors. Amber Martin, associate counselor for ASU, said

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Beverages like Four Loko, pictured above, combine caffeine with alcoholic beverages. The FDA sent manufacturers of such beverages letters Wednesday warning them the beverages are dangerous. she recently received information about Four Loko. “Whenever I get this kind of information, it generally means the trend has reached our area and after reading up on Four Loko, I’m concerned for anyone

who will try this,” Martin said. Retailers and health officials are concerned about the increase in binge drinking that this drink may cause. Four Loko contains See BINGE, Page 5

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Results from Monday’s poll question:

Do you think bullying is a problem on campus?

33% I don’t know

25% Definitely 42% No

Online Link to Sarah Campbell’s international student blog, ‘Bring ASU The World,’ where students can share photos and experiences! Only @

The Herald for Nov. 18, 2010  
The Herald for Nov. 18, 2010  

The Herald for Nov. 18, 2010