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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2011
OUR POINT THIS WEEK: We encourage Butler University to do more to help multicultural students with education costs. | VOTE: 27-3
Put up tougher ﬁght for diversity
utler University’s devotion to diversity might look good on paper, but the numbers say otherwise. According to Butler records, the number of African American, Asian American, Native American and other students enrolled for the 2009-2010 year was 11.3 percent. This pales in comparison to the 31.4 percent national average for comparable private four-year universities in 2009. Although the number of multicultural students who applied to Butler this past year increased, the enrollment rate of these students decreased dramatically. We at The Butler Collegian think this decrease in multicultural students is a problem that Butler should strive harder to remedy. This year is the ﬁrst year that the enrollment rates of multicultural students were noticeably lower than the application rates. Application rates are always higher than enrollment rates, but the gap between multicultural
students that applied and multicultural students that were enrolled is what alarms us. Although state funding has steadily decreased for the past three years, the current freshman class is the ﬁrst and only one to be so directly impacted. Butler claims the reason for the enrollment of fewer multicultural students is a lack of state funding for these students. Multicultural students are accepted to Butler but end up being unable to afford the education. While the staff understands this, we wonder why Butler can’t fund raise or reallocate budgets in other departments to accommodate these students. Although the debt ceiling debate this summer put more stress on students— especially low-income students—about paying for college, it is preposterous that Butler is using the debate as a shield to hide behind. Butler has always promoted diversity as
Collegian cartoon by Hali Bickford one of its priorities. As a liberal arts university, one would think that increased enrollment of multicultural groups would be a priority. However, Butler has shown that this practice is not as essential to them as it has been advertised to be. Instead of spending millions on campus construction projects, tighten some budgets and give more multicultural students the opportunity to
attend Butler. If the university wants to follow up on its pledge and promise to promote diversity, then it needs to make more of an effort to give these multicultural students a ﬁghting chance to be a Butler Bulldog. A founding pillar of a Butler education is service learning. Almost every student that attends this university completes some form of service learning before
graduating. Most of this volunteer work somehow involves visiting multicultural neighborhoods and high schools to explain the importance of a college education. It seems to be a cruel double standard that the university goes out of its way to reach out to multicultural students and encourage them to attend college, accept them to Butler and then blame the economy when these
Faculty Senate could benefit from limited top administrator attendance Top-level administrators at Butler University have enough to worry about on a given day. If the senate votes Oct. 4 to limit their access, one fewer worry would be whether or not to attend Faculty Senate meetings that occur twice a month. These meetings should be reserved for members of the Butler community and faculty members who feel the direct impact of the administration’s decisions. Top administrators, which could include the president, vice presidents, deans and associate deans, would beneﬁt from a clear policy about meeting attendance. It is my hope that the Faculty Senate members vote to include deans and associate deans in any distinction of top administration since their role on campus is primarily that of an administrator, although they do teach classes. There is no denying that discussions involving top administration at Butler are imperative, but the university should allow the faculty and community to discuss the solutions among themselves before contacting top-level administrators. Top-level administrators should not be prevented from attending all meetings, but any new policy should be speciﬁc. Therefore, top administrators would still remain in tune with campus. With a policy that is not totally exclusive, there will not be a loss of the shared governance that former university president
ALEXA SMITH Bobby Fong was committed to preserving. Butler has a new president, so the university should take advantage of this opportunity to implement changes for the betterment of the university. You might wonder why these administrators wouldn’t attend, since they are such integral components of the university. But really, that is the exact reason they shouldn’t have the option to attend every single Faculty Senate meeting. People who are affected by their decisions should have an open forum for discussion without an administrator voicing his or her opinion unless they are invited. Change is not a bad thing; however, it does seem to be something that Butler tends to fear. Altering the protocol for faculty senate meetings will not cause campus to implode. There is no reason not to try a new method because the change could possibly make the Faculty Senate meetings more productive than they
ever have been. Additionally, top-level administrators are burdened with various issues in the university on any given day, from budget talks to inaugural luncheons. If the faculty senate policy were clearer, top-level administrators could direct their attention to more time-sensitive issues on campus. Philosophy professor Stuart Glennan said at Faculty Senate that he fails to see why top-level administrators should be at faculty senate meetings. The worst policy that Faculty Senate could effect on Oct. 4 would be increased closed-door, executive session meetings. These meetings would not serve any real purpose on campus because they would transform Faculty Senate into somewhat of a secret society on campus. Increased usage of closed-door meetings would not be beneﬁcial for faculty or members of the Butler community, including The Collegian. Faculty Senate will be at its most highly functioning point when all members involved are there out of earnest concern instead of an outdated practices from a previous administration. Hopefully the upcoming vote on Oct. 4 will be one that changes and improves the effectiveness of Faculty Senate on campus. Contact opinion editor Alexa Smith at lhsmith@butler..edu
students can’t afford to enroll. If the university can simply not afford to help pay for multicultural students to attend, then it needs to stop advertising diversity as a staple of the campus. Butler cannot have it both ways, so if it wants to continue to pride itself as a diverse, liberal arts university, it needs to take more aggressive steps to include multicultural students.
Letter to the Editor As a former writer for the Collegian and current employee of the Health and Recreation Complex, I am compelled to set the record straight regarding the story “Limited access to athletic facilities for all students disarming, inconvenient.” There are various claims made that are not presenting the entire picture of the recreation department. While it can be frustrating that students are not allowed in all the facilities at any given time, it is important that we do not malign the wrong department simply because we are not sure whose ‘fault’ it is. The recreation department has done everything within its control to make tennis—and all other sports—available to all students, athletes or otherwise. It is equally as imperative that before bandying about numbers and claiming what is owed to us, we know for what exactly we are paying. -Brian Gross, senior
CORRECTION The opinion story, “Limited access to athletic facilities for all students disarming, inconvenient,” in the Sept. 7 issue contained incorrect information. It should have stated, “The [Health and Recreation Center] pool is open to students from 6 a.m to 8:30 a.m., 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. during the week and noon to 8 p.m. on weekends.”
Published on Sep 28, 2011