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Board of Trustees meeting focuses on anti-racism and enrollment strategies By Ashlyn Kelly Asst. News Editor By Steven Bonini Staff Writer The Board of Trustees discussed the white supremacist decals found on campus, the University’s anti-racist initiatives, and new enrollment marketing strategies during its meeting March 24. Constanza Cabello, vice president for diversity, inclusion, and community engagement, touched on the
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anti-racism efforts.” Cabello said departments have been meeting to have anti-racism conversations, using “four guides for departments to engage in conversations around anti-racism - really building our collective capacity to talk about this work and to be informed about this work.” To build on these conversations, the University applied for a higher education innovation grant from the Department of Higher Education and received $62,000 “to run a multi-day
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The Armenian perspective The impact of geopolitics, press and media, and trauma By Leighah Beausoleil News Editor
white supremacist decals found on campus and said she was “not necessarily surprised” this group - Patriot Front - came to campus, but said she is “concerned. “I think we all share the concern that this type of messaging has no place at FSU,” said Cabello, praising President F. Javier Cevallos for his email to the campus community. She said the investigation into finding the individuals who brought the decals to campus is ongoing, and “if nothing else, it provides us even more ammo to double down on our
As part of the Global Studies Lecture Series, a group of panelists met for “The Never-Ending Story: Artsakh and Azerbaijan” event to discuss and raise awareness about the tragedies that took place in Armenia, Artsakh, and Azerbaijan. This event was jointly sponsored by the Political Science Department and the Global Studies Program. The panelists were introduced by the event’s host, Natalie Chaprazian,
a senior global studies and early childhood education major. The panel was comprised of the following four individuals: Rich Èlmoyan who is a geopolitical analyst at San Francisco State University. His instagram is @relmoyan. Henry Theriault who is president of the International Association of Genocide Scholars, and professor and chair of the Philosophy Department at Worcester State University. Fred Tatlayn who is a social media influencer known as @Goliath.the. Great on Instagram. He also has a
bachelor of science in biopsychology from University of California, Davis. Natalie Kazarian is a licensed marriage counselor and family therapist specializing in family work and trauma. She resides in California and also runs an education Instagram page, @nataliekazarianmft, focusing on psychology and advocacy. Nagorno-Karabakh, also known as Artsakh, is a territory located between Armenia and Azerbaijan that has been disputed between the two states for decades. The aim of the
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Fashion Design and Retailing Professor By Caroline Lanni Staff Writer How did you find out about FSU and what is your educational background? I am originally from Rhode Island and knew I wanted to do fashion. I loved my experience at FSU, and I knew I wanted a close-knit community to work in. I am an alumna of FSU and [graduated in 2009] with a bachelor’s degree in fashion design and retailing. I interned and worked at TJX after I graduated for a year and a half. I knew I wanted to work at FSU since it is local and then I decided to go to graduate school at Oregon State University for my Ph.D. since my hus and and fianc at the time - both got accepted there. I wanted more advanced apparel courses, so I really focused on studying psychology and sociology in that program. I got my doctorate in human behavior and in the near environment at Oregon State University [and graduated in 2016]. Then after graduate school, I got a four-year and full-time teaching job in Wisconsin and finished my graduate degree while teaching and wanted to move back to New England after spending years away to start a family and to be close to family. … Then I saw the job open at FSU and I have been working here for four years. What is the best part of your job? The best part of my job would be that I really love interacting with my students as people - not just students. Ever since I taught fashion design, I loved seeing the different ways students interact with clothing. COVID-19 has been tough with not being able to see students in person. What is a typical day in your life during COVID-19? Right now, in the COVID-19 world, my day-to-day schedule is very different. I am teaching two studio classes - one is completely remote and the other is a hybrid. I spent most of the summer after COVID-19 in lockdown filming ideo demonstrations o all the content my classes needed. Right now, I am teaching a class called Advanced Apparel Design in which the students learn how to make a pair of pants and a dress. The challenge to teaching this course is that you need to get close to the students and get close in their space - how they are setting up their sewing machine and how they are sewing little bits and pieces on the garments. I could not have that in a COVID-19 environment and I also could not have students crowd around a table to watch what I am doing either. So, the set-up forces me to
Courtesy of Laura Kane pivot to a new modality. I do a lot of sewing of my own and watch YouTube videos on sewing, so I approached my class as if I was making a YouTube channel for my class. I learned a lot about how to film edit how to do lighting and making transitions. filmed all my demonstrations with multiple angles and with voice-overs. I did not need to have a student necessarily next to me and they could do the class completely at home with my videos. My sketching class is completely remote and has videos for that online as well. This has allowed me to gi e students more fle ibility and leeway and they can include their own personal touches to the work. What social media platforms do you use? I have a very active social media presence. I have my website that I use as an additional portfolio and I have a blog on there that I have not updated in forever. I am active on Instagram and I have a baby YouTube channel that I started at the beginning of COVID-19. I use these to show my personal and scholarly work and I do a lot of costuming on my own. I also do wearable art and I’m heavily involved in the International Textiles and Apparel Association, which is a professional organi ation in our field. also like sharing small tutorials on how to take little elements from my classes and try to break them down to more digestible information for people who are not a design major. That is what I am focusing on now. [The website is http://www. laurakanedesigns.com/about/]. What is your favorite class that you taught at FSU? I have two favorites. I teach Fashion Sketching and Design and I have been teaching this class almost every semester. It is an introduction to garment
drawing and flat sketching. really go in and teach students how to properly draw a sleeve, or how to properly draw a blazer, or a jacket. It is one of the classes that most students would come in and not have drawing experience and then come out really showing their building of skills from the start of the class to the end. It is really eye-opening to see how much a student improves in the 16 weeks that we have in the class and it helps them get their design perspective fleshed out a little it. ha e a mi o design students and merchandising students in that class and some have never designed anything before and then others have done basic design work. It is a way to hone their skills a little. I like seeing all the different ways that a student interprets the same assignment and I get very different types of garments being designed - I love that. As far as the most challenging class for me and exciting, I taught the portfolio capstone class in the Spring of 2020 - the year that COVID-19 hit. It was a really tough class because we had to pivot to being completely remote halfway through and it was not the ideal way to have that semester, but I really loved working with the senior design class. I loved seeing what all the different students were doing and their perspectives and this was my chance to really work with each one individually and understand their own communication styles, design styles, and design perspectives. This class did not end up the most successful because of COVID-19 so, it was a challenge, but personally, an interesting and fun challenge for me. Where do you see yourself in five years? definitely see mysel still at F .
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FSU announces recipients of the Distinguished Faculty and Librarian Awards By Ashlyn Kelly Asst. News Editor Framingham State announced the four recipients of the Distinguished Faculty and Librarian Awards for Excellence in Teaching, Advising, Scholarship, or Service in an email to faculty Mar. 16. Vincent Ferraro, sociology department chair, received the Excellence in Advising award. Jeri Nelson-Peterman, food and nutrition department chair, received the Excellence in Scholarship award. Sarah Pilkenton, chemistry and food science professor, received the Excellence in Service award. Lina Rincón, sociology professor and assistant director of The Center for Excellence in Learning, Teaching, Scholarship and Service, received the Excellence in Teaching award. According to Ellen Zimmerman, interim provost and vice president for academic affairs, individuals are nominated by their colleagues during the spring semester for the awards. The recipients are decided on by the four college deans and the dean of the library, and announced by the provost. In May, they are recognized at commencement, and during the fall semester, CELTSS holds an event to honor them. Ferraro said he started teaching at Framingham State in the fall of 2011. “Right when I started, my focus on
advising was just on my formal advising,” said Ferraro. He said now his role has “expanded to include many of our majors and minors, and students who might just be interested” as well as helping colleagues “navigate the department, expectations of the University, and the various offices.” According to Ferraro, he most enjoys “helping students set out a plan and make sense out of it, and then seeing in them that their goals are achievable and it’s just a matter of knowing what the processes are.” Ferraro said, “I am deeply thankful for the acknowledgment from my peers and from the University of the work that I’ve been doing.” Nelson-Peterman said the scholarship award is “just another word for research” and “we use scholarship rather than saying research is that there are faculty who are engaged in other work that isn’t necessarily research, per se, but it’s considered scholarly.” According to Nelson-Peterman, her research is focused on immigrants coming into the U.S. food environment. Nelson-Peterman said while she was working as a dietician for a refugee agency, “a lot of the scientific literature … was very immigrant blaming. “It really troubled me that, in my field, instead of taking a wider look at what the food system is, and thinking
about how everybody interacts with the food system whether you were born here or whether you come in, that dietitians are kind of automatically blaming clients for what’s basically universal behavior in the U.S.,” she added. Nelson-Peterman said she is “really delighted” to be recognized “with such great people who got the other awards. “I admire all three of them [Ferraro, Pilkenton, and Rincón] so much, and to be in the same year as they’re getting awards is pretty amazing,” she said. According to Pilkenton, the service award is “how we contribute to the University and our disciplines at large.” Pilkenton said she has served on committees, such as the Academic Policies Committee and University Curriculum Committee. She was department chair for three years and took over the graduate program in food and nutrition. She also was on the union executive board and has contributed to outreach programs. She said faculty from the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics departments “would run a weekend experience for middleschool-age girls and their moms who would come in and do some experiments and learn about science.” Pilkenton said her favorite part of being involved is “getting to know my colleagues, and getting to know
more about the University.” “When I saw that email, I was kind of shocked and I just felt honored that my colleagues nominated me for it. I work hard because I want Framingham State to be a great place, and I’m glad that my hard work has been recognized,” said Pilkenton. Rincón said her work in CELTSS focused on creating “community to work with students and really teaching the students in front of us. “With that I mean really understanding where they are coming from, what their previous experiences were before coming to Framingham State, how those experiences, depending on where they are coming from, really shaped what happens in the classroom, and how those experiences can enrich any topic that we’re learning about,” she added. According to Rincón, her favorite part of teaching is when the group is “connected” and “everyone is connected … to the topic that we are discussing. “That’s hard to get, but when I get it, I know that I’m doing a good job I’m serving my students in the right way,” she added. “It’s a huge recognition … but it’s also a reminder that I have to keep pushing,” said Rincón. “I have to keep learning about how to do my job well, because there’s a lot to learn.”
do that, then have an Instagram page for your work as a design student. Even in another major, you should show off the work you are doing and give yourself the best platform for that. … I know some people do not like to have an online presence, but even a little bit of it can give you a leg up and edge when applying for jobs.
cosplayer. I cosplay characters from Disney to Harry Potter and I am a huge endorser of it. I cosplay with my parents or my sister and we go to the conventions together to dress up as characters. I am always happy, excited, and open to talk about cosplay with anyone and if any students who are reading this want to reach out to me about cosplay, please do.
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that comes to fruition.
FSU was where I wanted to come back to work when I started graduate school, and now that I am here, I am in it for the long haul. I have a lot of big plans that I have set forward such as what classes to teach, independent studies I want to run, and workshops to do at FSU. I am hoping that in fi e years ha e tenure and I have published a couple of papers and made more interesting wearable art pieces. Also, I hope to have gotten to teach some classes that I have always wanted to teach. So, I am hoping
What advice can you give to students and the FSU community about COVID-19? Advice you can give seniors? I think it is important to curate your online persona. As much as we are so annoyed with being online all the time lately, it really is a strong and useful tool for you as a new graduate. Even while you are in school, start to make an online presence such as with a website to have an online portfolio and keep it updated. If you do not want to
What is something students would be interested in knowing about you? A big thing that students can get surprised about is that I am an active
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COVID-19 by the numbers April 2, 2021
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By Leighah Beausoleil News Editor By Kathleen Moore Design Editor Over four million new COVID-19 infections were reported worldwide based on data from various sources taken March 31. Just over 595 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered globally. Framingham State University administered 896 tests within the past week, and 4,226 tests within the past 30 days, according to the COVID-19 data page on the FSU website. Eleven positive tests were returned within the past week, according to the page. The 7-day negative test rate was 99.76%. One positive case was self-reported by a student within the past week. Three positive cases were self-reported by students within the past 30 days. Eight students were isolated on campus and seven individuals were isolated off campus. One student was quarantined on campus and nine people were quarantined off campus. A total of 4,148 negative, and 20 positive results, were returned in the past 30 days. The 30-day negative test rate was 99.55%. Cumulatively, 7,599 Framingham residents, 11.12%, have tested positive for COVID-19. The City of Framingham reported 1,509 active cases. There were 224 new infections, 142 new recoveries, and two new deaths reported since March 25. The number of people infected grew by 80, or 1.08%, over the past week. Just under 20% of those who have tested positive remain infected. Approximately 77% have recovered and approximately 3.1% have died. The overall death rate from COVID-19 in Framingham is 0.35%. Cumulatively, 598,177 Massachusetts residents, 8.68%, have tested positive for COVID-19. The Massachusetts Department
of Public Health estimates there are 31,911 active cases. There were 14,153 new infections, 19,935 new recoveries, and 212 new deaths since March 25. The number of people infected decreased by 5,994, or 1.03%, over the past week. Approximately 6.9% of those who have tested positive remain infected. Just over 90% have recovered, and approximately 2.8% have died. The overall death rate from COVID-19 in Massachusetts is 0.24%. The New York Times reported that cumulatively, 3,611,067 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in Massachusetts. According to the Times, 34% of the population has received at least one dose, and 19% has received two doses. Cumulatively, 30,458,572 United States residents, 9.22%, have tested positive for COVID-19. Worldometer, a data source for the John Hopkins Coronavirus Resources center, reported 6,923,637 active cases in the U.S. There were 452,644 new infections and 6,855 new deaths since March 25. The number of people infected grew by approximately 445,789, or 1.49%, over the past week. [Editor’s note: No recovery data has
been reported by the John Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center at the U.S. level since March 6. Calculations were made using data collected March 3.] Just over 20% of those who have tested positive remain infected. Approximately 78% of the population has recovered, and 1.8% have died. The overall death rate from COVID-19 in the United States is 0.17%. The New York Times reported that cumulatively, 150,273,292 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in the United States. According to the Times, 29% of the population has received at least one dose, and 16% has received two doses. Cumulatively, 128,776,135 people globally, 1.66%, have tested positive for COVID-19. Worldometer reported 22,447,709 active cases around the world. There were 4,093,714 new infections, 2,284,570 new recoveries, and 71,762 new deaths since March 25. The number of people infected grew by 1,737,382, or 1.39%, over the past week. Just over 41% of the world’s population that has tested positive remain infected. Approximately 57% of the population has recovered and 2.2% has
died. The overall death rate from COVID-19 globally is 0.04%. The New York Times reported that cumulatively, 595,831,493 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered globally. Data sources: Framingham State University City of Framingham Mass. population: U.S. Census Bureau – QuickFacts Massachusetts U.S. and World population: U.S. Census Bureau – U.S. and World Population Clock Mass. data: WCVB Channel 5 Boston, Mass. Dept. of Public Health U.S. data: CDC, New York Times, Worldometer World data: WHO, Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center, Worldometer Recovery data: Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center Active Cases: New York Times Vaccination Data: New York Times *Calculations for new infections, recoveries, deaths, and infected population size change are made using both data from this week and last week’s data published in The Gatepost. New data collected Wednesday before publication.
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All University meeting provides updates, answers community questions By Leighah Beausoleil News Editor By Haley Hadge Asst. News Editor Administrators discussed the University’s enrollment, finances, anti-racism and COVID-19 initiatives during the All University Meeting held via Zoom March 29. The meeting began with three brief presentations by executive staff, and was followed by a Q&A. Attendees were given the option to submit questions anonymously, and 225 participants were in attendance. Enrollment Lorretta Holloway, vice president of enrollment and student development, discussed the changes in enrollment for overall student headcount, which includes both those who are degree seeking and non-degree seeking. According to Holloway, overall headcount has decreased by approximately 500 students between Fall 2019 and Fall 2020, and full-time enrollment has decreased by approximately 300 students. She added the enrollment data team is not only focusing on the enrollment of first-time first-year students, but on retention data as well. According to Holloway, between the fall and spring semesters of this academic year, enrollment is down from 4,961 to 4,615 - approximately 7%. Holloway emphasized the importances of paying attention to the enrollment of non-degree seeking students. She said non-degree seeking graduate students make up a lot of that 7%, with their enrollment down 28%. She added the enrollment of these non-degree seeking students is important because they help allow classes to run for those who are degree seeking by helping fulfill the minimum required students for a class. Holloway said, based on some modeling completed by the enrollment data team, it appears the enrollment of first-time first-years will be “leveling off” in the fall, but the enrollment of transfer students has been “struggling.” She said her office has been working on some new initiatives that not only focus on recruitment of firsttime first-year students or transfer students, but on retaining the students who are already enrolled. She added her office is also not only working on retaining these students, but “retaining families” as well. Some of the initiatives include translating some of the pages on the FSU website to other languages such as Spanish and Portugese, virtual opportunities for prospective students such as tours and admitted students meetings, and increasing financial aid, according to Holloway.
Finance Dale Hamel, executive vice president, said the University is facing a structural issue of enrollment decline of 20% over the last four years. Ten percent of this decline occurred within the current fiscal year - partly due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and its restrictions. Hamel added, “Per the enrollment protection model, we anticipate another over 4% decline for fall of ’21.” This 25% decrease in student enrollment costs the University $11 million annually. Their response is multipart, said Hamel, including major bond restructuring and refinancing “that essentially deferred … a large portion of debt service in FY21 [Fiscal Year 2021] as well as in FY22.” This debt service equates to about $6.5 million for FY21 and a projected $3.3 million for FY22, he said. This refinancing had a “net positive net present value factor.” Due to this “debt restructuring,” $10 million in savings have been identified, and student charges have not been impacted, said Hamel. Additionally, this restructuring has eliminated “the need for debt service reserve funds on the initial issuance of our bonds … to the tune of about $13.9 million,” he said. Therefore, the cost of residence hall rent stays consistent, which makes the University “attractive to students in terms of their overall cost of attendance at the University,” Hamel said. The Debt Service Relief Fund will also be financing a project aiming to make Linsley Hall “more attractive to upper-class students” through improvements to the suite developments and area kitchens, he said. The Board of Trustees has put forth a long-term directive to bring down student costs to the “segment average,” which FSU was recently at in 2018, said Hamel. Currently, the University is exceeding the segment average by $300 in regards to tuition and fees, he added. When assessed comprehensively with room and board, that decreases to $160 above the segment average. “We do want to bring that back to the average,” said Hamel. Another enrollment initiative underway is the reduction in personnel to a level commensurate with the reduced student population, he added. In order to achieve this, the University has enacted a “separation incentive program or early retirement program,” said Hamel. Although they have achieved their anticipated numbers in staff participation, faculty participation in the program has not met the mark. The budget has been adjusted to make up for this lack of participation, and it is anticipated that over the next three years, there will be a reduction in 15 personnel positions, which “represents a 3.2% reduction in positions,” he said. Although this decrease in personnel is less than the decrease in
student enrollment, Hamel said this marks the start of changes being made over “multiple years, through attrition,” to “better align the size of the institution in terms of personnel with the size of the institution in terms of students.”
Anti-racism Constanza Cabello, vice president for diversity, inclusion, and community engagement, said the Inclusive Excellence Committee (IEC) is “focused on the student experience.” Cabello added in her office’s annual reports the IEC has requested that divisions “report on their anti-racism work this year,” which the IEC will then compile and “share more widely.” The main goal of the IEC is to closely examine the practices and policies of the institution with a “critical eye,” said Cabello. The Council on Diversity and Inclusion (CDI) is still working to “elevate different conversation topics and work to the larger community,” she said. “We [the IEC] have a cross-divisional group,” said Cabello, with members from “HR, alumni, Student Affairs, the library/faculty administrators, CDI, finance, and business services.” The IEC has identified and is working to address problematic practices and policies, said Cabello. These include “policies that allow for the segregation of resources and risks,” which “create inherent group disadvantage, allow for differential evaluation in humans by race, and limit the self-determination of certain groups and people.” Cabello added these problematic policies exist at the campus, state, and federal levels. The IEC has released four guides “developing our common language and understanding anti-racism and systemic racism” to faculty and staff via email and the myFramingham site in the “work tab,” according to Cabello. Furthermore, the department has been awarded $62,000 “for the Massachusetts higher education innovation fund to run a multi-day racial equity policy review institute,” said Cabello. She added, “The ultimate goal is that folks would be able to leave that institute with an action plan for the next academic year.” COVID-19 Initiatives One anonymous attendee asked if COVID-19 testing was going to continue in the fall. Ann McDonald, chief of staff and general counsel and secretary to the Board of Trustees, said testing will continue for the duration of the current semester and discussions have been taking place for those who will be at the University during the summer who “will probably be subject to some testing requirements.” She said for next fall, there is no “solid” answer because the University is expecting some changes, but is
not sure of anything at the moment. Regarding vaccinations, President F. Javier Cevallos said the University encourages everyone to get one when they are eligible. He said the University has requested “to be a vaccination site, but we have not been able to receive that designation.” Everyone in Massachusetts over the age of 16 will be eligible to receive the vaccine April 19, according to Glenn Cochran, associate dean of students and student life. Stefan Papaioannou, a history professor, asked in the chat why the University can’t require the COVID-19 vaccine when proof of vaccines for other diseases is “already required for incoming students.” Holloway said the University would like to require them, but the COVID-19 vaccine has not been around long enough “to pass that requirement.” Academic Affairs Ellen Zimmerman, interim provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, said 84% of fall classes are scheduled to have some form of on-campus component, which is a “huge leap” from the spring, when it was only 12%. She added of that 84%, 64.5% will be fully face-to-face, and 19.5% will be a hybrid. The remaining 16% of classes will be held fully remotely. Zimmerman said 96% of day division faculty will be offering courses on campus. Nicole Carey, administrative assistant, asked in the chat if the University is “designing any new programs to fill gaps in the workforce.” Zimmerman said the University is offering a new master’s in higher education leadership, and the administration is currently working on a master’s in social work. She added child and family studies is a new undergraduate major as well. “We’re also working on articulation agreements for a master’s with the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Science,” she said. “So there are a number of projects we’re working on, and those are just a few examples.” Rich Davino, director of Career Services, asked in the chat if the University is “considering industry/respected certificate programs.” Zimmerman said, “I know that there’s a big push at all the state universities to think about this, and whether we should develop certificates … that are related to particular skills or brief programs that students undertake in order to gain skills in a particular area that they could have to present to a potential employer. So, it’s something we’re talking about - it’s not anything our University has done.”
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One concern found in library air-quality assessment By Leighah Beausoleil News Editor An indoor environment quality assessment found that one air contaminant related to the printing press in the library was “elevated,” according to Patricia Whitney, assistant vice president of Facilities and Capital Planning. The study found that while cleaning the printing press, the chemicals used caused elevations in volatile organic compounds (VOCs), according to Whitney in an email sent to faculty and staff on April 1. She said, “We will proceed immediately to address the study recommendation to modify this one print shop process and eliminate the introduction of these VOCs.” An indoor environment quality assessment of the Henry Whittemore Library was conducted during the months of January, February, and March due to Massachusetts State College Association (MSCA) members’ concerns about air quality. A final summary report of the tests that took place was sent in the April 1 email. An initial summary report of the tests that took place Jan. 19-21 and Feb. 22-23 was sent to faculty and staff earlier this semester by Chemistry Professor Sarah Pilkenton. Pilkenton, who is on the executive board of the Framingham State chapter of MSCA, said she “volunteered to be a liaison to the faculty and librarians with respect to the study.” According to the initial report, an outside vendor, Atlas Company (ATC) Group Services, performed the assessment. The initial tests were for mold, asbestos, radon, hexavalent chromium, respirable crystalline silica, and formaldehyde. Each testing sample taken, when appropriate, was compared to the guidelines and parameters established by the following: Occupational Safety and Health Administration Permissible Exposure Limits, American Society of Heating Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers Recommended Exposure Limits, American Industrial Hygiene Association Threshold Limit Values, and Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection Risk Based Indoor Air Sampling Guidelines, according to the initial report. Multiple samples were taken of each air contaminant and compared to either a field blank or an outdoor air sample, according to the initial report. Two tests that were still ongoing when this initial report was released were completed March 15, according to the email from Pilkenton. The results of these tests were released with the final report on April 1. The first ongoing test was for VOCs, which needed additional samples from the Library’s ground level while the printing press was in oper-
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ation, according to the initial report. But during the cleaning of the printing press, the initial study “found elevated levels of VOCs in the air at the ground floor testing locations,” which was confirmed by the follow up tests to be “related to the chemicals used during the cleaning process.” The additional tests found VOCs
we should continue to work on rectifying the water leaks in the buildings and replace stained ceiling tiles. Minimizing dust collection on surfaces was also recommended.” After the preliminary report was released, Robert Donohue, a psychology professor and faculty union president, said the MSCA supported union members in their assertion
Donald Halsing / THE GATEPOST The main reading room and circulation desk in the Henry Whittemore Library. levels were within the recommended parameters while the printing press was not in operation as well as during normal printing operations, according to the final report. The second ongoing test was for dust and white granular particulate, which was not going to be tested because the Library’s air samples did not indicate a presence of asbestos or respirable crystalline silica, but FSU
that an assessment was warranted. In a March 22 interview, Donohue said, “The union certainly has an interest in all aspects of the working conditions of our union members, and a safe environment is, in fact, addressed in the MSCA … and Board of Higher Education collective bargaining agreement - what people commonly refer to as ‘the contract.’” He added the administration’s re-
“We will proceed immediately to address the study recommendation to modify this one print shop process and eliminate the introduction of these VOCs.” -Patricia Whitney, Assistant Vice President of Facilities and Capital Planning requested a bulk sample be collected and analyzed, according to the initial report. Along with the testing of air contaminants, visual observations were also made of “the HVAC system and areas in the building where water damage has been reported.” According to Whitney’s April 1 summary of the final report, “While no mold or microbials were found,
sponse to the request for the assessment has been “excellent.” Donohue said when MSCA members contacted President F. Javier Cevallos, he “immediately sought to work to initiate the study,” agreed to let a member of the MSCA executive board be on the committee overseeing it, and has maintained communication throughout the process. In a March 24 email, Whitney said
Facilities plays a “primary role in responding to these types of concerns” due to their responsibility for overall campus maintenance. Whitney said, “When it comes to more complex air-quality issues, we typically engage the services of a specialist consultant to support our work.” She added ATC Group Services is a state-approved vendor that has been working with FSU since 2012 in conducting indoor environment quality assessments of multiple campus buildings. Whitney said there have been past concerns about the Library’s air quality, but no documented or “verified issues that required action. “The building was constructed in 1974, during a time when energy efficiency was a primary design criteria and architects were focused on natural materials,” she added. “While the building design meets the standards at that time, some people do not like the ‘feel’ of a building that is constructed primarily of concrete without operable windows.” Whitney said previous assessments were conducted in 2000, 2005, and 2013, with the Library receiving “major” repairs during the summer of 2012 to its air conditioning system. She added the Facilities Department often conducts testing and inspections, and employees “walk through and conduct visual inspections every morning,” Monday through Friday. “If they observe anything that needs follow up, we may conduct testing,” she said. Some student employees who work in person in the Library said they were not aware of the concerns about air quality, but said they do not share them. Meredith Morin, a circulation desk employee, said, “I didn’t hear about [the assessment] until just now.” Morin added, “I have not heard any concerns and because of the mask, it’s a little hard to tell what’s the mask and what’s the air quality.” Bekongcho Aminmentse, an IT help desk employee, said, “Me personally, I haven’t heard any concerns. “I haven’t had any run-ins with anybody that’s come in and complained about it,” Aminmentse added. “If the air quality has changed, I can’t tell the difference.” Cormac Walsh, an IT help desk employee, said, “I was here when they were doing air quality tests, and I didn’t know about it until I was on the phone with a professor here, and he started telling me about it. I was like, ‘Oh, that’s why they were here.’” Walsh said he did not have any concerns about the library’s air quality. In a March 24 interview, Millie González, interim dean of the Henry Whittemore Library, said concerns about air quality became more prom-
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Board of Trustees continued from page 1 racial equity policies institute which will occur before the fall semester, and it will be virtual,” said Cabello. The goal will be for participants of the institute to leave with “action plans to review their practices and policies by department with a racial equity lens,” she added. Cabello said a piece the Inclusive Excellence Committee is working on right now is policy review and “creating mechanisms … to dig into policies” they believe are “essentially having disproportionate outcomes on BIPOC [Black Indigenous People of Color] students.” She said the group will not only aim to challenge campus policies, but also policies at the state and federal level. According to Cabello, there is also a new employee affinity group, “Black Faculty and Staff Association,” and said her office would like to work with this group to “think about how we can best serve our Black faculty and staff.” She also discussed the new “undergraduate experience” project steering committee she is leading and said this initiative will essentially help the University find out who the “next generation of students” is and what “qualities” they “embody.” The name of this project will be changed at a later time, she said. As part of this project, Cabello added the committee is working on a document called the “Student Bill of Rights” which will cover what the “promises” are to students who are in Massachusetts public schools, colleges, and universities. During the Academic Affairs report, Trustee Nancy Budwig spoke further about this project and said, “It’s not only that we’ll have an early ear” on what the “blueprint” for what the next generation of students will look like, “but we also will see that FSU has the opportunity to shape that.” As part of her report, Budwig highlighted a few anti-racism initiatives Academic Affairs is focusing on. The first program she discussed is an initiative that will focus on faculty hiring and diversity, adding, “Retention, we all know, really depends on students feeling that they belong at the University, and part of that belonging is seeing people who they can identify with in the role of faculty and staff.” The second initiative she highlighted was the Anti-Racism Pedagogies Academy. This academy aims to provide a space for faculty to discuss and reflect on racism - historically in the U.S. as well as its effect on teaching practices - in an overall effort to transform the University into a place that allows students a sense of belonging, according to information provided by Lina Rincón, assistant director of the Center for Excellence in Learning, Teaching, Scholarship,
and Service. Budwig said this academy will build off “the lessons learned” last year with regard to the “HMMI grant that several of the Academic Affairs staff and others have been working on. “There’s a kind of continuation of the work and a spreading of the work, which to me shows sustainability,” she added. The last initiative Budwig discussed is a faculty of color mentor-
stitutions, meaning the system institutions that are the most like us and the closest to our size.” According to Holloway, the top three schools admitted students chose to attend were University of Massachusetts Boston, University of Massachusetts Lowell, and Bridgewater State University. “These three places that we’re losing students to are much larger than we are,” said Holloway. “They have a bigger staff, for example, for market-
“It should be noted, we [FSU] were the leaders in freezing tuition and fees.” -Michael Grilli, Trustee
ing group which she said will serve to help retain faculty of color. According to Rincón, the group will have “monthly meetings with five pre-tenured faculty of color to discuss topics such as scholarly productivity, time management, burnout, as well as the challenges associated with being a faculty member of color at FSU.” Budwig provided some projections stating that the Academic Affairs Office is planning on having 1,491 residents on campus, or approximately 75% capacity, for the fall semester. The projections also stated, “approximately 84% of classes, including lectures, labs, and studios, will be taught at least partly on campus,” and “approximately 96% of Day Division faculty will be teaching at least partly on campus.” During the Enrollment and Student Development Committee report, Lorretta Holloway, vice president of enrollment and student development, shared the Marketing Campaign Report. The report compared FSU to its sister institutions in regard to media coverage and enrollment rates. Holloway said, “What I had asked [Dan Magazu, director of communications] to do was to compare us to our sister institutions, percentage-wise, as well as to go look at what are the top schools that our students who we admitted chose to go to instead.” The sister institutions FSU was compared to were Fitchburg, Westfield, and Worcester state universities. Holloway said, “We’re doing very well in comparison to our sister in-
ing.” The report also reviewed the marketing budget. According to Holloway, changes to allocations are dependent on what the marketing review completed by “the firms” her office works with say. She said the review will tell them, “‘You’re getting more hits here,’ ‘You’re getting less with website listings or less with print here,’” which informs her office of what marketing strategies are most effective. In the 2016-17 marketing budget, “print” was allocated 6% of the budget. In the 2020-21 marketing budget, “print” marketing was allocated less than 1% of the budget. Holloway said some new initiatives marketing has been undertaking are TikTok ads, personalized acceptance videos, and the “Refer-aRam” program. Trustee Brian Herr said, “The numbers still are the numbers for enrollment and so perhaps it’s a budget thing. Instead of spending $380,000, we need to spend $786,000. We’ve got to start getting that in more detail to figure it out.” In the Administration, Finance, and Information Technology Committee report, Trustee Michael Grilli said the University’s portfolios and investments have “rebounded” since last year. Dale Hamel, executive vice president, said, “We’ve got two situations kind of going on at the same time one is the COVID situation and the impact of it short term, and then this longer-term trend of enrollments and being a different size institution
than we were a number of years ago and trying to realign that to align revenues with expenditures.” According to Hamel, the University did a bond restructuring of its debt this fiscal year, which created $6.5 million in savings for Fiscal Year 2021 (FY21) and reduced the current projected deficit to $4.4 million. Grilli said there should be no deficit for FY22 due to the COVID-19 relief bills. Hamel said, “We currently have a plan in place - and will present in April - that looks like we can address the structural deficit or deficits that have been identified through FY23.” Grilli said, “It should be noted, we [FSU] were the leaders in freezing tuition and fees.” The Board of Trustees voted on three resolutions during its meeting. The first resolution was a proposed schedule for the upcoming Board of Trustees meeting dates, which passed unanimously. The second resolution was for the nomination of officers to the Governance Committee. The Board voted unanimously for Kevin Foley to continue as chairperson of the Board and Richard C. Logan to continue as vice chairperson of the Board. The third and final resolution was to have three amendments made to the bylaws concerning the chairperson of the Board of Trustees, the Executive Committee, and the University seal. The first amendment would grant the chairperson the power “to charge each of the committees to include matters addressing anti-racism practices at the University,” according to the edited bylaws. The second amendment would grant the Executive Committee the power “to oversee actions made by the President and the administration during the summer delegation of authority to the President,” according to the edited bylaws. Trustee Anthony Hubbard said this amendment change was proposed due to COVID-19, and the decisions that needed to be made over the summer break when the trustees do not meet. The third amendment change proposed would be a re-writing of the bylaws pertaining to the Common Seal of the University and the Board of Trustees. The amendment would not require the University to use imagery depicting “a shield bearing a Native American with bow and downturned arrow with a star overhead,” and instead allows alterations to the seal “be subject to the approval of the Board of Trustees,” according to the edited bylaws. The amendments to the bylaws were unanimously approved by the Board. In the General Counsel Report, Ann McDonald, chief of staff and general counsel and secretary to the
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Board of Trustees continued from page 7 Board of Trustees, discussed two executive orders (EO) issued by President Joe Biden. The first EO was “Guaranteeing an Educational Environment Free from Discrimination on Basis of Sex, Including Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity.” “This executive order, while it cannot reverse that policy [from the last administration], it asks for a reexamination of those policies and a reissuance of recommendations for change,” said McDonald. The second EO was on “Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government.” “On September 22, in the former administration’s term, there was a previous executive order that was done combating race and sex stereotyping and was very, very, very concerning to those of us in higher ed.,” said McDonald. “It contained a lot of things we would have been subject to given our receipt of federal funds.” According to McDonald, President Biden’s EO cancels the previous EO. “If the prior executive order in the Trump administration had held, it would have disrupted much of the work that you have seen come out of our diversity and inclusion and other kinds of training based on the prohibitions that were placed into that,”
said McDonald. During the President’s report, Sarah Pilkenton, professor of chemistry and food science, presented this meeting’s Student-in-the-Spotlight, Morgan Failla, who was the first student of the chemistry department enrolled in the 4+1 Program, “where students can complete their bachelor’s and master’s in five years,” said Pilkenton. Failla completed her bachelor’s degree in food science and her master’s degree in food and nutrition, Pilkenton added. Failla said she’s “thankful” for the opportunities FSU has given her and she was “honored” to be the Studentin-the-Spotlight. She highlighted her opportunity “to become a supplemental instructor for both Physics I and Intro to Chemistry.” Failla added, “The Supplemental Instruction Program at FSU has been something that has helped me immensely by attending sessions for my own classes, but I’ve gained even more from being an instructor.” [Editor’s Note: Leighah Beausoleil contributed to this article.] CONNECT WITH ASHLYN KELLY email@example.com
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Air quality continued from page 6 inent when the Library was sorting out how to open back up after the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. She said the Library had been receiving recommendations from other libraries as well as the CDC on how to open up, including what the air quality should be and how to optimize the ventilation system. González added there had been past concerns about the air quality, but “I would communicate my staff’s concerns to Facilities, and they always did a really great job.” Regarding the results of the assessment, she said,“We have staff who have asthma - they have other underlying conditions - and so just seeing that report was very, very refreshing, and really put the staff at ease.” She added, “I’m just really happy that the extra assessment was done. You know, the library wasn’t a part of it, so my hope is that next time we would be part of it, too, considering we work there, but I’m glad that it’s done.” This initial report was only shared with faculty and staff, but in an email, Cevallos said the results of the assessment will be made available to everyone once the rest of the report is completed. González said she would do her part in making student workers aware
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of the results of the assessment as well as having their individual supervisors do the same. Following these interviews, new developments took place in the library with the discovery of asbestos in the flooring of WL221. In a March 31 email, Whitney said, “The carpet in WL221 was in very poor condition, so Facilities had scheduled it to be replaced. During our normal testing work during planning, we discovered that asbestos-containing floor tiles and adhesive still existed under that carpet. “It is not unusual to find asbestos-containing floor tiles or adhesive under carpeting as it was common practice for tiles, if in good condition, to be covered with other materials,” she added. “DEP [Department of Environmental Protection] specifies that ‘if asbestos is in good condition and it does not pose a health hazard, no laws or regulations require that it be removed.’” Whitney said it is common for old buildings to contain materials with asbestos, but it only poses a hazard if it is damaged and “friable,” which would make it possible to be ingested or inhaled, adding “floor tiles are non-friable.” She said because of this, the asbestos would not be picked up in the assessment that was focused on air contaminants.
Whitney added the work done in WL221 was completed by a licensed contractor and is regulated by the DEP. A plastic enclosure was placed as part of the “approved process that ensures any friable asbestos is contained and managed in accordance with the regulations. “To safely remove asbestos, the workers wear protective equipment and the room is under negative pressure where the air is drawn into the space, and then exhausted directly to the outside,” she said. “As the workers are completing their tasks, they clean off in the small plastic area before coming back into the rest of the building. “After the work is complete, a certified industrial hygienist conducts air clearance samples,” Whitney said. “This was done on Saturday and the air samples show that no asbestos is left in the air in 221 or in any space outside of 221.” She said this type of work is usually completed during the summer break, but because of COVID-19, there are fewer people working in the library, allowing for them to complete the projects. In a March 30 email, Donohue said, “Before the sudden initiation of the asbestos remediation, I had been very happy with the administration’s response.” He added he is now “quite frus-
trated” with the administration. “Workers are concerned that the library may be negatively impacting their health,” he said. “Suddenly, with no warning or explanation, a major environmental intervention is being engaged in. “This caused many people in the library to be concerned that the intervention was a response to information in the not yet released report,” Donohue said. “People are concerned that being in the library now is particularly dangerous. The administration knew the anxiety of the workers in the library.” He added, “I wish the administration had anticipated that doing the asbestos work now and without proper communication would cause a great deal of harm.” In an April 1 email, González said Facilities informed her in advance of the needed work, and she was able to inform her staff. “There was no need to close the library, so the work was done safely with staff and patrons present on other floors,” she added. She said she has no concerns, and has “confidence” in the work Facilities has done.
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A foul play for the NCAA This past month, images of the NCAA basketball tournament facilities sparked outrage when outsiders saw the unequal and separated training areas, bringing to light the blatant gender gaps and discrepancies within college athletics. For the duration of the tournament, the men’s basketball teams were provided state-of-the-art weight-training facilities, including racks of bars and weights, while the women participating in the tournament were only given a single set of dumbbells under 30 pounds and a handful of yoga mats. In response to the surfaced facilities photos, Lynn Holzman, NCAA vice president of women’s basketball, stated, “We acknowledge that some of the amenities teams would typically have access to have not been as available inside the controlled environment.” She added, “We are actively working to enhance existing resources at practice courts, including additional weight training equipment.” Rather than acknowledging the root of the problem - extensive funding gaps - Holzman excused the disparities by claiming limited space was to blame for the inability to expand the women’s amenities. This excuse is unconvincing, especially as photos taken by players showed plenty of empty space in the women’s bubble. TikTok videos posted by Sedona Prince, a member of the Oregon women’s basketball team, showed the food and swag bags provided to athletes during their time in the bubble. The subject matter in the videos that have surfaced underscores the outrageous gender inequalities found within and perpetrated by the NCAA. While the men received buffet-style meals, the women were given only togo containers worth of mediocre food and prepackaged snacks that frankly looked disgusting. The men received substantial swag bags containing sweatshirts, hats, towels, and more displaying the March Madness and NCAA logos. They were also given full-size products and other March Madness merch. The women were given a shirt, towel, hat, water bottles, and an umbrella. Not one of their first gifts was embellished with the March Madness logo. Rather, they were simply inscribed, “NCAA women’s basketball.” Although a wider array of training equipment and more appetizing meals were provided for the women basketball teams after the photos were released, it took considerable public outrage before any change was made. It should not take the world knowing of the inequities between male and
female athletics for women to receive the same food, resources, and equipment as their male counterparts. This is a bad look for the NCAA and shows that officials don’t care about the extensive disparities. In fact, they violated their own gender equity policies. Ironically, the NCAA website declares Title IX gender equality regulations apply to all educational institutions that receive federal funding, and “athletics programs are considered educational programs.” The website also claims Title IX requires “equal treatment” of athletes’ facilities, equipment, and dining services. The NCAA can’t make excuses about the COVID-19 pandemic making it more difficult to provide resources for the women’s teams because it has a long and disgusting history of providing inequitable resources to female athletes. The New York Times reported there was a $13.5 million funding gap between the 2019 men’s and women’s college basketball tournaments - before the pandemic hit. The Times also reported CBS and Turner Sports hold a $19.6 billion contract to televise the men’s tournament for 22 years, which is significantly larger than ESPN’s $500 million agreement to televise the women’s tournament for 14 years. The men’s coverage contract is worth about 25 times more than the women’s. Many female players and their coaches noted the lack of “March Madness” branding on their courts, which draws significantly more fans to men’s tournament games. Both male and female athletes play the same sports. They undergo the same training. They achieve the same level of physical athleticism. Men’s and women’s sports in all aspects - except financially - are the exact same. There is no reason why the same branding shouldn’t be applied to games played by female student athletes. Rather than rewarding male teams with more funding because they bring in a higher viewership, the NCAA needs to put the same amount of effort into advertising and funding women’s sports. The NCAA needs to start providing heavy weights and buffet-style meals for all their athletes - not just the men. The NCAA has a responsibility to do right by all college athletes, not line their pockets because of gender bias. The decision to treat all athletes equitably should be a slam-dunk.
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By Emily Rosenberg Asst. Opinions Editor Rosenberg is a surname of German descent. It means “Mountain of Roses.” When read on paper, some people see “Jew.” Or “Jewbegger.” Or “K***.” Or “Auschwitz.” Throughout my life, people have looked at my name and made assumptions about my family’s beliefs. They’ve said we don’t believe in God. We’re greedy. We don’t eat certain foods. Some people have even actively tried to leave me out of activities. Even when they don’t say these things out loud, I wonder in my head if they’re gauging at my unique surname in disgust. I wonder if I’ll have to change my name to work in my desired field like my great uncle did. I was baptised in a Congregational Church, so I will never know the hate, violence or humiliation that people who follow the Jewish religion endure when their identity is threatened, but I carry the burden of knowing that every Rosenberg before me has. I grew up listening to the stories
of my father, whose face I see every time I look in the mirror. Some of his teachers picked on him for being Jewish, some bullies threw pennies at him and called him “jew bag” and “jewbegger.” He said they made him always feel like an outsider - not part of their “club.” When you are anti-Semitic, you are attacking my family. According to the United States Holocaust Memorial website, 13,523 Rosenbergs were victims in the Holocaust. My grandfather, Stanley, was an officer in the U.S. Navy during WWII, but if his grandparents had never immigrated to America, he would have been the 13,524th. That is a thought I have every time I learn more about the Holocaust. An estimated six million Jews were murdered. Words cannot describe how people were ruthlessly ripped from their home, tortured, and killed. When you minimize anti-Semitism, you minimize genocide and you comply with hate. This past week, a football coach in Duxbury, Massachusetts was fired for allowing his players to use anti-Se-
mitic slurs as audibles on the field. The cancellation of their season is up in the air. The Duxbury football team must face stronger consequences than the removal of their coach. The boys yelling the slurs were aware of the painful history behind them and the offense they were committing by saying them. By putting their season before justice, Duxbury allows this behavior to be justified. The situation will not ruin the boys’ opportunity to play football, go to college, or have a family in the future. Those who have and will suffer from descrimination will pay the price instead. More horrifying, on Jan. 6, we saw Swastikas on flags rippling throughout the Capitol building. And according to The Washington Post, in 2018, there were 1,879 reported hate crimes against Jewish people in the United States, and in 2019, there were 2,107. Whether it is in a small town, or on the national stage, anti-Semitism cannot be tolerated or justified. The pioneers of America fled Eu-
rope to escape religious persecution. America has since preached freedom of religion and it is enshrined in our Bill of Rights. So why has it become an American value to persecute Jews? History has shown that all too often, freedom of religion only protects Christians. How many more Jews will be hurt before freedom of religion protects everyone? There is a synagogue down the road from where my father used to live. Friends of mine are members of the Temple and I have longingly inquired about their celebrations and practices, feeling I have failed to indulge in my beautiful heritage. I couldn’t be more curious to reconnect with the traditions my grandparents and great grandparents valued dearly. My name is Emily Rosenberg and I am proud of my ancestry. Anti-Semitism does not lessen my pride, which is why I can no longer be complacent about this injustice.
Campus Conversations Do you think female athletes are treated equally to male athletes? By Donald Halsing, Associate Editor
“You can look at any Instagram post of a female athlete and you scroll through the comments, and there’s so many backhand comments basically just [challenging that], ‘Women are equal.’ It’s just kind of sickening, but it’s kind of the world that we have to live in, I guess.”
“I think they’re treated equally. I don’t see much of a problem.” -Xavier Martinez, junior
“I think in college, it’s more fair than in high school. I think in high school, boys are kind of held higher. But I think here, they actually do a pretty good job about keeping it split pretty evenly.” -Gianna Boyle, freshman
-Shannon Ward, sophomore
“In a way, yes. Because men in sports bring more revenue. Not a lot of people watch [women’s] sports, so they wouldn’t be able to get [as much revenue]. I think that’s why a lot of people say they’re not treated equally.
“I definitely don’t think that they’re treated the same. A lot of it just comes down to money and how they’re generating money. But in order to be fair, sometimes you just have to spend the money.”
-Mahat Hilowle, freshman
-Dahir Hersi, senior
“You can look at all the major leagues they’re all dominated by males. There’s major league baseball, major league football, major league soccer. All of them are mostly male and there’s not many major league female teams. So, there’s an inequality right there.” -April Swain, freshman
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Attitude is everything By Danielle Achin
Unlike FSU’s varsity teams, club sports, such as men’s lacrosse, will not play this spring because of COVID-19. Junior CJ MacAskill and sophomore Blake Carlson said they feared the team would not be able to play with the warm weather approaching. hadn t played in fi e years when I started back up at Framingham,” Carlson said. “When I came here and found they had a club lacrosse team I thought, ‘Why not? Keeps me active.’” Carlson is from Orlando, Florida, and has been playing lacrosse on and off since sixth grade. MacAskill said, “I did play hockey and football in high school, but lacrosse was always the one that I always wanted to play and I looked forward to the season.” Engaged in the sport his whole life, MacAskill decided to continue playing and joined the club team his freshman year. Lacrosse uses sticks and skill to score goals requiring strength and resilience. MacAskill plays goalie and is a defensemen while Carlson plays midfield as an attacker. While the men did not foresee their season being canceled, they said they were not too disappointed not seeing the field this year. Carlson said, “I wasn’t surprised by it at all. There was no part of me that expected a lacrosse season. If it hap-
pened, it was going to be a pleasant surprise.” MacAskill said, “I’d be wrong if I said I wasn’t a little bummed, but in the back of my head I knew that it just wasn’t going to happen.” The easy going atmosphere makes it easy for new players with or without experience to join. They stressed the importance of having fun with the sport and not letting their canceled season keep their spirits down. “We’re just out there having fun, anyone can come and join,” Carlson said. “It’s a good time. I just like being out there, being active, and seeing all the guys. It’s a great environment and it’s a good hour and a half to get away from school.” The men, along with many other student-athletes of FSU, conveyed their confusion about the decision made by the Athletic Department Administration and Head Director Thomas Kelley to allow certain teams specifically arsity to play. Kelley said, “We lost last spring, we lost the fall, we lost winter. We’re not discriminating against anyone, despite one’s imagination. “We’re under a lot of restrictions. We follow the NCAA guidelines. We follow the CDC regulations. We’re under the Council of Presidents and they have been on top of this thing.” Kelley stressed the school stays away from high-risk sports with close contact as much as possible. He added resources factored into the decision of allowing varsity sports to compete. “We are down to three trainers
right now. They’re working harder than they’ve ever worked and we have 10 varsity teams trying to use the fields elley said. e re trying to give the spring athletes some sort of season because some of those students haven’t plates in 600 and something days.” The administration has never taken situations like these lightly, Kelly said, calling it a “trying time.” He agreed it s di ficult or clu sport athletes to see varsity sport players walking down to the field or practice or game time. Kelley said the University is trying to do everything as safely as possible. The more teams added to the mix, the less safe everyone is. The University is under strict instruction to follow the safety procedures, and failure to meet the standards of the NCAA and the commonwealth of Massachusetts could jeopardize the path to normalcy. “I feel for everybody that’s missed a season. It’s been a long, trying year from pretty much being shut down as an institution. We’re trying to bring it back,” Kelley said. Despite their frustration, club sport athletes have accepted the harsh reality that their season has been canceled. However, they are hopeful they will take the field once again. “Realistically, sometimes life isn’t going to go your way, so don’t pout about it. Sometimes you just gotta accept it when there’s not much you can do,” MacAskill said. Kelley explained why varsity teams
were tapped to play over club teams. “The varsity sports students were recruited to come to Framingham State. They were sold a scenario where they would be a player, and it was part of the package when they signed up. When you take that away from them, they aren’t getting what they signed up for,” he said. “It doesn’t make other sports any less important. It’s happening all over the country - it’s not just Framingham,” Kelley added. “We’re trying to do this the safest, fairest way we possibly can without jeopardizing anyone’s health.” He and the administration are more than happy to meet with anyone with concerns or complaints about this season, adding his door is always open to clear anything up or if anyone needs to rant. The men are hopeful to see a campus full of life in the fall and more than ready to get ack on the field with the team. Mac skill said m definitely looking to come back and make the program better than before. If I can leave it in a better position and get more new people to join the program, that’s the best I can hope for.” Carson said, “Things are starting to look up. I’m excited to come back for next season. I’m just looking to have fun with it and stay active - that’s the most important part.”
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Patricia Birch, director of Inclusive Excellence Initiatives, hosted the event “Women in STEM,” celebrating female FSU professors who work in the College of Science, Engineering, Technology, and Math (STEM), via Zoom on March 26. The panelists introduced themselves and shared their various jobs and areas of interest. Professors of biology Andrea Kozol, Cara Pina, and biology chair Aline Davis, kicked off the introductions. Davis said her special interests include neuroscience and hormone behavior. She is currently examining the presence of estrogen from birth control pills in wastewater both before and after treatment. Kozol said she isn’t currently active in research, but described her past work of insect ecology and conservation biology. Pina is a microbiologist who covers numerous fields such as acteria genetics, and biochemistry. “I do lots of things!” Pina exclaimed. Catherine Dignam, chair of the chemistry and food science department, titled her job as a “Synthetic Chemist” as she is interested in designing and combining new molecules. Ishara Mills-Henry, professor of chemistry, described herself as “a biologist by training. “I have worked with everything in molecular biologies, such as animal models. They let me teach chemistry somehow. If you want to put a title on it, you can call me a biochemist,” Mills- Henry said. Dignam discussed how synthetic chemistry goes along with analytical chemistry because to provide proof of newly-created molecules, they have to be characterized. She is interested in using spectroscopy, a method used for understanding the structures of atoms and molecules, to distinguish her molecules. Recently, the research Dignam and her students have focused on is molecules that are precursors for antibiotics. Mills-Henry touched upon her research of the human eye, and said she “has always been fascinated with how the eye works.” She said her work progressed from simply understanding how the eye develops from a single cell to how cells work to produce vision Santosha Adhibhatta is also an engineer and physicist in addition to being a professor in the physics and
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earth science department. “I bring both perspectives into my teaching. I look for innovative methods to teach,” she said. Sylvie Lardeux, a principal data scientist at CVS Pharmacy, said she initially worked as a veterinarian but decided to earn a Ph.D. in neuroscience instead. Mirari Elcoro, professor of psychology, previously worked in the STEM department at another institution, but now mainly teaches psychology at FSU. Aside from being a professor, she is a behavior analyst who has an interest in figuring out the intersections between the brain and behavior. Elcoro also has training in behavioral pharmacology. Margaret Carroll, the founding dean of STEM, started in the biology department in 1992. “I am probably the person who has been on the committee the longest. I am really happy to be here and hear these discussions,” she said. Constanza Cabello, vice president for diversity, inclusion, and community engagement, said, “You are all [the panelists] speaking another language to me.”
She relayed a memory of her father and brother building a circuit board for a school project and explained her eagerness to figure out how it operated. Throughout her undergraduate education, Pina registered for classes that required problem-solving and she majored in biochemistry. Before attending graduate school, she said she worked on analyzing prostate cancer. In graduate school, Pina studied bacteria but also became interested in physics saying she “did all the things.” Similar to Pina, Dignam discovered her passion for science at a young age as she said her father, a physicist, encouraged her to learn about science. She added there was no way anyone in her household would not go into the sciences. ignam e plained her di ficulty choosing a college major - a science-related subject or French. She said her father encouraged her to take science courses in college, even if she pursued another major because if she changed to science, it would be hard to catch up. Ultimately, after “soul-searching,” Dignam decided to pursue a degree
“One of the most important things to remember is that doing poorly in a class does not mean you are bad in the subject. Doing poorly in a class means you are not in a position right now to do well.” - Cara Pina, Professor of Biology She continued, “But, I am so fascinated by everything you [the panelists] have to share with us - this is great!” Birch asked the panelists how they got involved with STEM and what aspects of their work bring them joy. a is answered first descri ing science as a subject she “has always loved.” She said she grew up gardening with her family, which sparked her interest. Then, she learned about the human body and hormones in the brain, a specialty she said she “fell in love with.” Davis touched upon how she “loves lighting the fire with science or students” and how she motivates students to study the fields they are most fascinated by. Pina described her passion for STEM, attributing it to her inherent curiosity to solve problems.
in science. She explained how she thought there would be more career opportunities with a science degree than with a foreign language degree. Dignam chose chemistry because she said she was interested in glassmaking. “It was a bit of a capricious decision,” she said. During her junior year of college, Dignam began to conduct research, which she described as “helpful to the development of a scientist.” She explained how the research field is competiti e and stress ul ecause scientists have to raise their own money for their research. Dignam turned to teaching at Framingham State because she said she finds undergraduate students to be more “collaborative.” She explained how the most exciting part of her job is to understand and teach science in a way that excites
students. Birch noted how Dignam’s dilemma in choosing between two majors she was passionate about is a common and di ficult choice students have to make. Like Dignam, Lardeux has a scientist in her family - her mother was a physicist. Lardeux described her time working as a veterinarian in France saying, “It was not enough.” So, she completed her degree in neuroscience while still in France, then ventured to America to complete her postdoctoral degree. She said, “The great thing about science is you can evolve and change direction.” Cabello asked the panelists if there was a single moment, or mentor, that made them sure M was the field for them. Pina explained how she did not have a singular moment, but she did discuss an advisor who was doubtful about her pursuit to study chemistry. She described how she desired to be in the honors chemistry section in college because “there were a bunch of things” that excited her about the subject. Her advisor, whom she had not met before, told her she couldn’t do it. For the rest of her academic career at University of Massachusetts Amherst, she said he did not properly advise her. Pina discussed how she struggled academically in college and graduated with lots of “C’s” on her transcript. “I was in a position where everyone thought I couldn’t do it. I looked for ways to get around that assumption,” she said. After college, Pina worked as a technician for nine years. Her boss encouraged her to apply to graduate school. She explained how she had a strong relationship with her boss and that her boss wrote her a letter of recommendation, helping her get into graduate school. Pina offered advice to the audience. “One of the most important things to remember is that doing poorly in a class does not mean you are bad in the subject. Doing poorly in a class means you are not in a position right now to do well,” she said. Pina continued, “Not passing doesn’t mean you are never going to pass. You should continue with it if it’s something you love to do, and that’s ultimately what I did.”
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Armenian Perspectives Continued from page 1 panel is to discuss the geopolitical issues the influences o press co erage and social media, as well as trauma Amerinians have faced both past and present. Èlmoyan opened up the conversation from a geopolitical perspective looking at the South Caucasus region based around the Nagorno-Karabakh territory. “One side sees this as a human rights issue, another side sees this as a territorial dispute. Therefore, there’s already a dispute in the terminology in itself,” he said. “So I would like to bring in the geographic aspect of this.” Èlmoyan explained the Caucasus is located at a “crossroad of continents,” including Africa, Asia, and Europe. “Routes along this region historically hold strong significance when regarding trade, natural resources, and political military influence. He added this region is ethnically diverse with people from many different nations, including Cherkessians, Dagestanis, Chechens, Ossetians, Georgians, Armenians, and Azerbaijanis. Èlmoyan provided historical background to the discussion. He explained that both Armenia and Azerbaijan were republics of the Soviet Union, with the disputed territory, Nagorno-Karabakh, being an “autonomous oblast.” In the case of Nagorno-Karabakh, this means the territory had the power to hold its own government, but had to report to a jurisdiction at a higher power - Azerbaijan, according to Èlmoyan. This was despite the territory being mainly in the Armenian region. He explained how the Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Oblast attempted to become a part of the Armenian Soviet Socialist Republic - the Armenian constituent republic of the Soviet Union - many times but failed to do so because it was seen as “unlawful.” After many failed movements and attempts in the 1980s and with Soviet laws becoming more “lenient,” in 1991 the Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Oblast tried to use the “law of succession” to independently govern themselves, which was legal at the time, according to Èlmoyan. This was supported by Armenians who had a “cultural connection” to the territory, but opposed by Azerbiajanis who felt they had a “land claim” to it, he said. This led to war between the two states, which reached a ceasefire in 1994. The agreement between the two states included the flat land surrounding the Nagorno-Karabakh territory, which was seen as “important to have under Armenian control in order to promote peace,” Èlmoyan added. This was until Sept. 27, 2020, when the ceasefire was iolated and war broke out again between the two
countries, which by Nov. 10 was settled with the help of Russia, whose “peacekeepers” now control a portion of Artsakh, he said. In closing his presentation, Èlmoyan said, “Russian peacekeepers are controlling the territory, Armenia is in a very tense place in its political make up and er ai an is enefitting rom the win of the war with llama Alijev [the president of Azerbaijan] moving forward with more negative rhetoric that does not necessarily instill peace in this region.” Theriault opened the conversation to how the press have covered the dispute. He explained how the media either represent the conflict as a mutually balanced one, or depict Armenians as the aggressors who are occupying land that “rightfully” belongs to Azerbaijanis. Highlighting the ideas of Islamic historian n hald n heriault said, “You should always check factual claims against the basic sort of context that you’re looking at to see if they’re actually rational or not. “The basic idea is, you have to look beyond the rhetoric that people are saying in the age of the internet of endless websites and this and that,” he added. Connecting these ideas back to Armenia and Azerbaijan, Theriault explained how this could not be a mutually alanced conflict ecause Armenia is much poorer in resources and power compared to Azerbaijan and its allies. atlyan discussed the influences social media and the “information cyer war has on the conflict and pu lic opinion. He pointed out the lack of coverage by the press pertaining to tragic events that took place on the Armenian side o the conflict the misrepresentation of events that were covered, and headlines that painted false narratives. e re fighting to ust ha e alanced coverage in the news,” he said. Tatlyan shared a presentation that included photos depicting the hateful messages and disinformation that was spread on social media by “troll farms,” which are made up of hundreds of bot accounts of which were directly attacking Armenians. He added how he has spent countless hours blocking these hateful accounts. Kazarian discussed the impact this conflict has on rmenians in terms o their mental health. She explained how there are three types of trauma that come into play: general trauma, vicarious trauma, and intergenerational trauma. “Trauma does not impact everybody the exact same way, nor does it have lasting effects on everybody,” she said. “So, everybody who experiences trauma does not necessarily get a diagnosis of something like Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. However, that does happen.”
Courtesy of Rich Èlmoyan A map of Artsakh. The original disputed territory is outlined in black, and the territory including the surrounding flat lands is outlined in white. The Russian Peacekeepers occupy the light-gray section. Kazarian added vicarious trauma relationship is with Turkey. is “from being around or hearing stoHe added it also depends on which ries of people who have been through U.S. state because what is taught in traumatic events.” California is different than in MissisShe said Armenians who witnessed sippi. online what was happening in their Coehlo proposed a question from country last year experienced this. one of his students, “Culturally, are Kazarian said intergenerational Armenians hesitant to do therapy?” trauma is “basically trauma that is Kazarian said, “Mostly, yes,” bepassed down from generation to gen- cause “a lot of times growing up eration through things like storytell- with such trauma in our backgrounds ing.” - there is a fear to move outside of the She added, “So just because a trau- family system to get help or receive matic event is over, does not mean treatment for things.” that your mind and body don’t reShe said there is a “stigma,” esmember it, and it’s oftentimes trauma pecially for Armenian men when it is stored in your physical body.” comes to receiving mental health Kazarian cited the Armenian Geno- care. cide that took place in 1915 as an ex“We have to change the narrative, ample. and there are some really wonderful She added, “Intergenerational influencers on social media young trauma is not like a secondary kind of people - who are changing the nartrauma - it is just as impactful.” rative for Armenians and mental Joseph Coelho, professor and act- health, and it is fantastic,” she added. ing department chair of political sciAttendee Tal asked why no Azerence, mediated the Q&A portion of baijan speakers were a part of the the event. panel, stating in the chat, “This is not Attendee Lily Tal asked in the chat, a community event, but a Universi“Why does Armenia still refuse to ty event sponsored with University open their historical archives or sue funds. As an academic institution, Turkey in the international courts?” this lecture is biased and one-sided.” Theriault said he was not sure what Theriault said, “It raises some the attendee was asking, but said, “I’m deeper questions about free speech so thankful that this person showed and what free speech is. Free speech up because I think it gives the audi- does not mean anytime you discuss ence a sort of taste of the propagan- an issue anybody who has an opinion dising that we’ve been talking about.” on it is welcome to be part of the disHe was referring to the frequent cussion of it.” questions Tal had been proposing in He added, “If people don’t like the chat throughout the event. the composition of the panel, they Theriault discussed how the ques- can create their own events. There’s tions would be “completely irrelevant nothing stopping them.” to the point,” and said it is a “tactic of Theriault said he was a part of the distraction. group that organized the panel, and “It really distracts us,” he added. “It explained the group “desperately takes time from getting at the deeper tried to find an er ai ani ournalmore substantive issues.” ist. Attendee Aline Chaprazian asked He added the problem was there is a in the chat, “Do you think this war will possibility the speaker could be jailed be documented in U.S. history books/ or subjected to violence or “even astaught in history courses, and is there sassinated” for taking part. fear that Azeri propaganda will affect “We’re not willing to take that the narrative?” risk,” he said. Èlmoyan said, “I would say it depends on the political motives in the CONNECT WITH LEIGHAH BEAUSOLEIL future,” especially with what the U.S.’s email@example.com
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By Jared Graf Arts & Features Editor This year, the Henry Whittemore Library looks much different than it has in the past. Plexiglass surrounds the Circulation Desk, Red Barn is barren and brew-less, and students are spread thin along the wooden tables in the Periodical Room. But despite all these surface changes, the role of librarians remains the same: to provide students with essential services that are often overlooked or invisible until needed. Millie González, interim library dean, said although the library saw a “dramatically reduced footprint” in the past year, it was important to remain open since some students need the space to study or take online classes. “We felt very strongly that the library should be open, and we’re proud that we were able to do it,” González said. “But it was quite challenging.” She credited student workers as the reason the library has been able to remain open since last semester. “We could not have opened the library and stayed open during this pandemic without them,” González said. “When we talk about being grateful, I’m very grateful for them.” Noelle Meunier, a student worker and sophomore business major, said, “The students pushed hard to come to work throughout the pandemic because we love it here. We came armed with masks and hand-sanitizing stations.” This semester, the library em-
ploys “roughly” 25 student workers, González said. These students put away, locate, and check out books for patrons - but are mainly responsible for operating the Circulation Desk. At the Circulation Desk, Meunier said she answers questions from students, which are “often not strictly library related. “We do our best to answer these questions or point out experts that may be better suited,” she said. “Every question from a library patron is
everybody was experiencing,” she said. Despite not being able to work in person during that “unprecedented” time, González said library staff was “grateful” to work remotely and still provide services to students. “In a way, I think it was good that we all had to move to be a lot more innovative and creative,” she said. “It’s kind of like a bittersweet thing. It was an extremely challenging year, but I think we all needed to adapt to
“I like to get to know the students as people. I always ask about their classes and find out what they are majoring in and what their interests are. I am here to lend a sympathetic ear, help them navigate issues on campus, or to give advice if they ask for it ... I find that to be the most rewarding part of my job.” - Lori Wolfe, Access Services Supervisor a chance for me to help someone in our community and to be a resource to the students. “As a student, I take my job seriously because I know how busy my peers are,” she added. While Meunier did admit it was “tricky” adjusting to the ever-changing state mandates and safety protocols, she said it was important for the library to open its doors so students and staff could access its resources. Lori Wolfe, the Access Services supervisor, said the library is “vital” to FSU because it’s “a hub that attracts
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all students. “We [librarians] all have a wealth of knowledge and we are excited to share that knowledge and our resources to all members of our community,” Wolfe said. “It is very gratifying and satisfying to be able to help a patron find the materials they need for their research projects or to recommend books to read for pleasure.” Since Wolfe is used to working with and helping students face-toface, she said it’s been “challenging”
adjusting to the library’s new environment. Usually, the library is a crowded “hive of activity,” Wolfe said. “But Covid has really changed the whole vibe.” When the library was forced to close along with the University last March, Wolfe said the staff quickly had to “pivot” online and acclimate to a remote work environment. In order to safely provide students with books and other resources, the library began offering a contactless curbside pickup option. “Once September came, we were very excited to open the doors to the campus community,” Wolfe said. “It made life feel a little more ‘normal,’ even if we were all masked and staying 6 feet apart.” González was quick to commend staff for their efforts, which she said allowed FSU’s library to be “one of the few” local college libraries to open. “It was a commitment by the library staff to staff the library,” she said. “We just want to make sure there’s enough staff that at any point in time when people come into the library … there’s staff there.” While the library was closed at the height of the pandemic, González said the staff often gathered virtually, including once a week as a group “just to talk. “It’s extremely important to still have that community,” she said. “It’s important just to check in with each other.” When the campus was closed, González said library staff were concerned about their own families, but also the wellbeing of students. “There was always just anxiety that I think
get through it. “We’re very proud of our library intern, and also our student workers,” González added. “They’re great.” The library currently employs one “amazing” student intern, who was specifically hired to assist with social media posts, González said. “If you see our cool social media output, it’s because of Meeghan.” Meeghan Bresnahan, a sophomore history major and student intern, said in addition to posting on the library’s social media accounts she also films videos of staff to share online, corrects auto-captions from recorded Zoom events, and helps patrons at the Reference Desk. She said her internship has been helpful because her career goal is to become a librarian. “I really like everything about my internship,” Bresnahan said. “It has been really interesting to work in a library … [and learn] more about what really goes on ‘behind the scenes.’” During her time as a student intern, Bresnahan has worked closely with the librarians, whom she said are “some of the most welcoming people” she’s ever met. Lauren Hunter, a student worker and sophomore biology major with a concentration in pre-health, agreed. She said the librarians are “extremely approachable,” which creates a “welcoming environment” in the library. “They are always very interested in the students’ lives and how our semester is going,” Hunter said. Wolfe, who trains and supervises the student workers, said, “I like to get to know the students as people. I always ask about their classes and find out what they are ma oring in
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to be inclusive and accessible serve the community and what their interests are. “I am here to lend a sympathetic ear, help them navigate issues on campus, or to give advice if they ask or it she added. find that to e the most rewarding part of my job.” In addition to supporting student workers, Wolfe said the librarians strive to build relationships with patrons and “the surrounding community. “We are very welcoming, respect differences, and work to be inclusive in all that we do,” she said. “Once people realize all we have to offer, they frequently come back to use our vast resources.” David Celestin, a senior psychology major, said, “Whenever I need help doing research or finding resources the librarians are always friendly and available.” Celestin said he often uses the library as a place to work on homework or relax between classes. t s clean and can always find a quiet place to do work,” he said. “Even during a pandemic, there’s still a nice atmosphere there.” González said when one enters a library, the “vibe” is instantly apparent. At one point during her extensive career as a librarian, González visited different libraries to install software on computers. It was this job where she learned that kindness and a positive attitude are conducive to a welcoming library. “When you come into our library, you hopefully get that vibe that we want you there and we’re actually excited to see you,” she said. “Sometimes you don’t get that in places that you visit,” González added. “I’ve certainly felt that at certain libraries I’ve visited, and it’s a shame.” Meunier said, “Millie has been an amazing asset in her interim director role. She recently started a student engagement group as a resource to give student voices an outlet.” This group - the Student Worker Advisory Committee - is a way for staff to connect with student workers and learn how to make their jobs better, as well as create an even more welcoming environment at the library, González said. “We want to make them [student workers] happy, and we certainly want to make our students who enter the library happy,” she said. “Through the Advisory Committee, they’re going to tell us what we need to do.” Although the Student Worker Advisory Committee just recently launched and only met twice, Meunier believes “it has already improved communication between the librarians and the students.” At the last meeting, Meunier said librarians sat in to listen to student
workers’ contributions and ideas. “It was such a great icebreaker between the students and some of the librarians we don’t often get to see because of where they work in the building.” Wolfe said, “We are always looking for input so we can better serve both the student workers and the campus community as a whole. “After all, we are here to serve the students and faculty - and what better way to do that then to ask the students themselves?” she added. González said she hopes the Advisory Committee will drive students’ creative energy and allow her to hear from different viewpoints, because diversity is key to ensuring the library remains inclusive. “Anti-racism, diversity inclusion, and equity are part of the library’s core values,” she said. “We pay attention to what we say and how we say it during library instructions.” González, who has worked at FSU or more than 14 years ser ed as the University’s Interim Chief Diversity ficer prior to her stint in the li rary. But this doesn’t mean she’s a stranger to libraries. “When I was getting my MBA the librarian who worked at the school said, ‘I’ve never seen anybody pay so much attention to my library, you should be a librarian,’” González said with a laugh. “I’m like, ‘Are you kidding me? I’m almost done with my MBA!’” From that point on, González said she began taking courses in library school and was instantly “hooked.” Before earning a master’s degree in library science from Simmons University in 2003, González received her Master of Business Administration in marketing three years prior. During her career, González worked at academic libraries, public
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An inside view of the Henry Whittemore Library. libraries, and even a pharmaceutical library. “I’ve tried all different libraries, but I was really, really happy to find a place at Framingham tate she said. s the first atin a o li rary director at FSU, González said she makes a conscious effort to create an inclusive environment. She realizes the importance of bringing diversity initiatives to the library and views it as second nature. “When you think of the diversity of library directors in general, it’s a very small percentage of individuals of color,” she said. “For me, that’s part of my identity. So, I always bring it to
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whatever role I’m in - I’m very proud of it.” González said there’s a Library Diversity Advisory Committee that discusses issues related to diversity and how the library can better promote inclusion. Although these efforts are crucial to maintaining an all-inclusive environment, González said it’s also important to make resources easily available. “Whenever we consider a resource, we make sure that it is inclusive and accessible as well,” González said.
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Library “We’d like to make a lot of the resources that we have available online. So, that’s one of the reasons why we purchased the e-book collection of over 200,000 e-books.” This “Digital First” initiative González referenced is aimed at making more of the library’s resources available online. Along with this initiative also came a chat reference feature called Ram Chat. Ram Chat was made available on the library’s homepage last semester. The chat can be used for “anything,” ranging from research help to acquiring an interlibrary loan, González explained.
“When you think of the diversity of library directors in general, it’s a very small percentage of individuals of color. For me, that’s part of my identity. So, I always bring it to whatever role I’m in - I’m very proud of it.” - Millie González, Interim Dean of the Henry Whittemore Library
“You don’t have to be on campus. We want to make it a lot easier for students to contact us through text or through chat,” she said. “There’s always a reference librarian available from 8 [a.m.] to 9 [p.m.].” Wolfe applauded the efforts of González, who is constantly working to increase the library’s online presence. “Millie is really up on the latest trends and is into technology and e-resources, so that has brought a different dimension to the library,” she said. Before expanding the e-book collection through the Digital First initiative, González said the library only had access to e ooks. t s definitely been a nice progression,” she Courtesy of Framingham State added. Millie González, Interim Dean of the Library. Despite rapid technological ad-
vances throughout the past year, González said there “weren’t too many surprises” because the library has always been as “innovative” as possible. “We’ve always had a strong virtual presence - the difference is now … we have the chat reference,” she said. Meunier said that while she’s “always lo ed the li rary she is a firm believer in continuous improvement, and Millie has been a huge driving force for improvements in the library.” For National Library Week this upcoming week, González said the library will be hosting virtual discussions on two books - one about empathy and one about anti-racism. The library will also be hosting a student worker appreciation picnic, a book cart decorating contest, and a
toilet-paper mummy contest to celebrate staff and promote library use. “Anybody can join us,” González said. “Even though a lot of it is virtual, hopefully, it will be engaging.” With life slowly returning to normal Gon le said li rary sta finally sees a “light at the end of the tunnel” and are “very excited” to welcome more students on campus for the fall semester. “We want to be part of your experience,” she said, encouraging students to ask for help at the library whenever they need it. “If we’re not doing our job, then shame on us.”
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Arts & Ideas hosted the “The Linda Vaden-Goad Authors and Artists Series” featuring Joanne Britland and Lina Rincón to discuss Panamanian poet Javier Alvarado via Zoom, March 30. They also referenced FSU English professor Jennifer De Leon’s books, “Don’t Ask Me Where I’m From,” “Wise Latinas,” and “White Space.” “White Space” was awarded The Juniper Prize, a poetry award named after “Fort Juniper” the house of the late poet, Robert Francis located in Western Massachusetts. The prize was just released by the University of Massachusetts Press. Alvarado has been awarded international poetry prizes. He is the author of 10 poetry books and three anthologies. Britland is a Spanish professor at FSU whose teaching and research consist of visual studies, Contemporary Hispanic literature, and culture. The book she is currently working on includes the social reactions to the political and economic crises in Spain, such as the financial crisis o 2 7 and 2008, and the COVID-19 pandemic. Rincón is a professor in the sociology and global studies departments.
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Additionally, she is a translator, activist, and poet. Through her poetry, she demonstrates the adversity immigrants and people of color face. Britland began the discussion by describing meeting up with Fernando Valverde, a professor from her alma mater, The University of Virginia, at a poetry conference in Valencia, Spain. “He presented me with this project of translating Javier’s [Alvarado] anthologies and of course I said yes,” she said. Britland explained she and Alvarado had to manage the time difference, so they worked on the project via WhatsApp to stay in contact. She described how the project is unique because it began with professors at The University of Virginia, then traveled north to Framingham all while “crossing borders and time zones to Panama.” Despite working with Alvarado on the translations, she said she felt like “something was missing” from the project. Britland described how reading and writing poetry can serve as a “private act to understand life and the world around us,” but said it’s important poetry is shared with others. “After meeting with my Framingham State colleague from the sociology department, Lina Rincón, I knew
she was the missing piece,” she said. Britland continued, “Between meeting at the Saxonville Columbian coffee shop and our calls with Javier, we began the start of a beautiful friendship.” She described the poetic voice in Alvarado’s poems and how that voice is reminiscent of memories of home and the concept of identity. Britland said Alvarado’s poems “brought her back” to the linguistic and geographical homes, including those she has with the Spanish language. “I love Framingham so much because I am submersed in so many Brazilian and Hispanic restaurants and places,” she said. Britland added that she made friends with baristas at the Saxonville Mills Cafe & Roastery and said the cafe made her feel like she was back in Spain. She explained how the anthologies helped her understand the concept of home, and was “a very special part of the translation process.” Britland described the translation process and di ficulties aced such as figuring out which words to use and how to make the words make sense to English-speaking readers. She said one word in particular, “tierra” which translates to “earth”
and “land,” was crucial in understanding Alvarado’s meaning. Rincón discussed how she became a poet and the role Alvarado’s poems played in helping her tie together her Columbian and American lives. “Javier’s poetry brought my worlds together in ways I never could’ve imagined,” she said. Rincón explained how as a college student, she studied anthropology and began writing about aspects of her life such as experiences with love, corruption in countries, the rights of Indigenous people, and living in the U.S. While growing up in South America, she said she was told to venture to North America in order to be successful but felt like leaving South America was “like leaving her heart” behind. Rincón described Alvarado’s anthology, “The Onion Offering,” as a “beautiful, sharp, and clever collection o reflections on li ing in Central America.” She said, “Being asked to work on translating the anthologies was an unexpected gift.”
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Students awarded free rides to Framingham State through the Mancuso Scholarship Program By Kaitlin Burch Staff Writer Applying for college can be an exciting yet stressful time for students and their parents. n many cases financial burdens can - and do - unfortunately hold students back from success. However, for some students these obstacles can be avoided. The recipients of the Mancuso English, Humanities, and Social & Behavioral Sciences Scholarships receive full rides to Framingham State, all expenses paid. Halcyon Mancuso, director of The Mancuso Center, stressed that she wanted to design a center and a scholarship program to help students who may e acing financial urdens to get the “full college experience.” Mancuso funds the Mancuso Humanities Workforce Preparation Center, as well as the scholarship program. As the donor, she has no say in who is chosen to receive the scholarships. She said Director of Undergraduate Admissions Shayna Eddy “markets the scholarship program and directs students to the page where they can find the application as well as the two recommendation forms they need to ha e filled out. Scholarships are awarded each year to one English major and one humanities major. The recipients must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher, hold two “meaningful” internships over the four years, and follow the Career Services and Employer Relations fouryear curriculum put together by Dawn Ross, according to Mancuso. Mancuso described the scholarship program as being broken up into different tasks for each year. She said the first year is or getting to know yourself.” This translates to attending a certain num er o career e ents finding a career counselor to meet with regularly, designing a “beginners” resume, writing a 30-second “elavator speech,” and more. n their first year Mancuso said the scholars also need to join the “Suitable Solutions” program, which “is a professional career-based program where you learn about some of the niceties and professionalism within a career.” omething that has een di ficult to accomplish due to the pandemic is
ulfilling the e tracurricular re uirement that comes with being a scholarship recipient. All scholars must participate in at least one extracurricular activity each semester they’re enrolled at Framingham State. Mancuso said, “It has been a challenge [as a result of the pandemic], I will admit. So I give a lot of credit to the students.” She added at the end of each year, students must create a ery detailed reflection piece. Mancuso said these reflection pieces differ from year to year based on the students e periences. he reflections must include: “their growth as a student in academics, growth in extracurriculars, growth in career prep, and personal growth.” Currently, four student scholars are enrolled in the scholarship program. This number will go up to six by the Fall 2021 semester and two students will be added each year after. This will ultimately result in eight scholars enrolled at all times. Each year, applications are due by Fe . 15 and students are notified y early April. First-year scholarship recipient Haley Hadge described the application process as “professional and thoughtful.” Hadge added that she “saw the application process as an honor and opportunity, one that [she] fully embraced.” Hadge, who is a staff writer for The Gatepost, a member of IGNITE, and a member of The Onyx, said, receiving the phone call with the good news that she was one of the lucky recipients of this scholarship was “outstanding. “My dad answered the phone and I heard, ‘Oh my God.’ Joy, happiness, and all the hard work in high school flowed through my mind as ro essor Mancuso introduced herself to me and welcomed me to her program. Perhaps the best day of my high school career!” s mentioned pre iously financial burdens are no joke when it comes to college and the debt that typically follows. This isn’t a worry for the Mancuso scholars. Hadge said, “Opportunities such as taking summer classes, fascinating internships, and going on to earn my master’s and hopefully a Ph.D. are now tangible. Critically, the scholarship allows me to be ‘all in’ on my
“I love working with Professor Mancuso. She is amazing. She is more than just involved in making sure we fulfill our scholarship requirements.” - Olivia Renada, Mancuso Scholarship Recipient
“This scholarship has allowed me to increase my center of influence, build relationships with brilliant cohorts, and actualize more of my community and personal goals than I thought possible. I am very grateful to ease the otherwise constant strain of financial pressure. My gratitude to Professor Mancuso is immense.” - Haley Hadge, Mancuso Scholarship Recipient course work and community partic- me to have the opportunity to branch ipation like working at the FSU stu- out and actually live on campus, especially at a time when many student newspaper, The Gatepost. “This scholarship has allowed me dents could not afford to do so,” she to increase my center o influence added. “I cannot express my gratitude build relationships with brilliant co- enough that I was given an opporhorts, and actualize more of my com- tunity to further my education at a munity and personal goals than I great school and live the college experience.” thought possible,” Hadge said. Like Renda, Fernandez is also a “I am very grateful to ease the otherwise constant strain o financial member of IGNITE, but said her path pressure. My gratitude to Professor to finding a clu she en oyed was a tad more challenging. Mancuso is immense,” she added. She said, “I will say that given the Sophomore scholarship recipient li ia enda agreed that the financial circumstances of the pandemic, it was a little di ficult to find a clu that was assistance is a huge stress relief. Renda said having a full ride to FSU the right fit or me. he first semester I tried out the Wildlife Club which was “literally saved [her] life. “I was able to not have to go home a very interesting and fun club. This every weekend to work, I can live in semester I joined the IGNITE club suites like Miles Bibb Hall, I can play where their mission is to get more soccer for the school which I wouldn’t young women involved in politics. As have been able to do without the a political science major with a conscholarship because I’d have to fo- centration in pre law it s a per ect fit cus a lot of energy and time trying to for me and is a club I plan on staying make money to afford college,” she in.” Mancuso said the skills learned said. Renda, who is an editor for The throughout college and as a part of Onyx as well as a student-athlete, the scholarship program are, “skills added that her experience working that employers are looking for. The program helps students to establish with Mancuso has been excellent. “I love working with Professor their critical thinking, empathy, ethMancuso. She is amazing. She is more ical judgement, and teamwork.” than just involved in making sure we For more information about The ulfill our scholarship re uirements Mancuso Scholarship Program, visRenda said. “She is very involved in our lives it the website to learn more about personally. If we ever want to reach FSU’s current scholars and how to out to her, we have that option. Last apply: https://www.framingham.edu/ year, she even helped me go over the-fsu-difference/centers-and-insome creative writing pieces I was stitutes/mancuso-humanities-workthinking of submitting to The Onyx. force-preparation-center/ She helped me to edit them, and that [Editor’s Note: Haley Hadge serves wasn’t something that was required for my scholarship, but she just want- as a staff writer for The Gatepost.] ed to be helpful and involved,” she added. nother first year scholarship recipient, Nicolle Fernandez said, “Had I not received the Mancuso Scholarship, I’m not sure what exactly I would be doing - probably at a community CONNECT WITH KAITLIN BURCH college and still living at home. “However, the scholarship allowed email@example.com
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44. Break fluid? 45. 1973 martial arts film 49. Snickers purchase 50. Spanish cheer 51. Nursery rhyme character who “climbed up the waterspout” 60. Corn Belt cylinders 61. Sunburn soother 62. Millennium Falcon flyer Han 63. Essential ___ acids 64. Commonly sacrificed chess piece 65. Body floating in water? 66. Country on the Red Sea 67. Competent 68. Shrinking sea DOWN 1. Maze answer 2. Double Stuf treat 3. ___ cute (rom-com trope) 4. Chain of bakery-cafes 5. Collection of digital currency 6. Himalayas’ setting 7. Steeple feature 8. ___ in My Spaghetti (game with a rhyming name) 9. Ornamental bloomer 10. Substances in perfume 11. Father of Thor 12. Variety of M&Ms 13. Genesis name? 21. Tupperware top 22. Rx overseer 25. Sweeten on the vine 26. Call the whole thing off 27. Part of the iPhone 12’s display 28. Withering look 29. Pounded, like the heart 30. Steve Martin’s instrument 31. Nocturnal hunter 32. Modern grocery store freebie 33. Old TV component 37. Individually 39. Lantern liquid
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ACROSS 1. Dallas NBA team, informally 5. Grand shindig 9. Pueblo brick 14. Brother of Cain 15. Dissenting votes 16. ___ Forces Day 17. Bowler’s assignment 18. Transport some bike parts? 20. Cosmetics mogul Lauder 22. Radio personality Glass 23. eekend spoo show riefly 24. Transport some roosters? 28. Summary 29. Flatware company 33. Passed handily 35. They may absorb stuff in classrooms 38. “... but that could be wrong” 39. Excessively 40. Transport some white wine, informally? 42. Dove’s soft sound 43. Lexus competitor 45. Orbital period
46. Introductory jazz passage 47. “I’m all ears!” 49. Bobby in a Janis Joplin hit 51. Transport some anglers? 56. “If I were ___ ...” 58. Eager supporter 59. In-demand blood group 60. Transport some dogs? 64. Resolute 65. Modify 66. Pennsylvania lake port 67. Diva’s solo 68. Sheen 69. Shove under a seat, say 70. An oboist may make one DOWN 1. Bulls and bucks 2. Embarrass 3. Proceed bravely 4. Fell as freezing rain 5. Health food chain 6. Org. for those on the road 7. Line on a karaoke screen 8. Houston slugger 9. “That feels so-o-o good” 10. Place to store clothes, or a person wearing them 11. Prophetic sign 12. Stock exchange signal 13. u le tweakers riefly 19. Baylor University’s city 21. List-writing shortcut, for short 25. Tibetan monk 26. Adhesive resin 27. Rounded door handle 30. Atahualpa’s realm 31. Ruination 32. Situated over 33. Just slightly 34. Pixar hit set in Mexico 36. Pizza, for one 37. Fraudulent offers 40. Looking down on one’s peers?
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