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February 28, 2013

Examining academic dismissal MArgaret Yapp

Staff Writer

When Matt Dickinson returned to campus for spring semester this year he was ready for classes to start. He bought $200 worth of textbooks, and was excited to get even more immersed in his philosophy and art majors in the second half of his junior year. Then he got an email telling him that he was kicked out of school.

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Pack your bags, hit the road. Reasons for student dimissal go beyond academics.

“I was on academic probation after fall semester, and Koschmeder indicated that personal situations then I didn’t get a good enough grade over J-term,” sometimes become severe enough that they impact Dickinson said. “So one class was the deciding factor academic performance along with other aspects of for my dismissal.” students’ lives. He also said that sometimes dismissal Dickinson has always struggled with school, mostly can be a positive situation, serving as a break for students because he never had a major that he was very passionate that need it. about. At the end of his sophomore year, however, he “If Luther did not have a dismissal policy, it could mean found a passion for philosophy and art. “I felt like I was doing a lot better this year in terms of motivation,” Dickinson said. end up having more and more of a “But it’s hard to see that from the outside.” “My question is, how that they can’t get out of.” In 2012 a total of 17 Luther After being dismissed Dickinson students were dismissed from am I supposed to show was given the chance to appeal, and school, the same amount as 2011. personal growth if not by he did send the committee a fourThe numbers from two years those grades? letter pleading his case. He was, Grades page ago increased only slightly from however, never able to meet with 2010, in which 14 students were are the problem that they the committee that read his appeal dismissed. in person, a reality that he found have diagnosed.” In last week’s Chips, Staff Writer frustrating. He was also disturbed by Emily Gehlsen (‘16) illustrated the - Matt Dickinson the steps he must take to be readmitted unexplained rise of Luther students into Luther, something that he wants on academic probation this school to do. year. As she stated, students on “If I take twelve-or-so credits at a academic probation are required to complete an academic community college and do well enough, then maybe I recovery plan, or ARP. will be let back in,” Dickinson said. “But they want to see The ARP is meant to help students identify the personal growth before that. My question is, how am I reason for poor grades and set goals for their following supposed to show personal growth if not by those grades? semesters. The ARP also sets grade point standards that Grades are the problem that they have diagnosed.” the student must meet in the following semester; if the student does not meet these standards they run the risk of hopefully taking classes online. Although it has not been being dismissed from Luther College. fun, he says the experience has been eye opening: “Based upon solely academic ability, no student should “I’ve gotten a lot of insight about the way I learn and be dismissed from Luther College,” Registrar Doug my attitude towards school in general, which is good, I Koschmeder said. “A lot of times what impacts the am getting something out of this. It is all so frustrating ... grades is not related to academic ability.” but I sort of had it coming.”

10% of students opt-out of CAF Sam Molzahn

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Jayne Cole

News Editor

Admission for events held at Luther such as the fun. concert, Cirque Ziva and the Norse Theater can add up fast for students strapped for cash. With one simple payment at the beginning of the year, the CAF fee allows students to attend these events for free with a simple swipe of their student ID. Without paying individually for these big-ticket events, as well as smaller ones, students can easily get their money’s worth out of the CAF. Some choose not to pay the nearly $200 fee. Every year students receive a form to opt-out returned, they automatically pay the fee. “It was one of those things as a freshman they told me I could waive and I didn’t know what it was,” Caley Danielson (‘13) said. “I wanted to save as much money as I could.” Danielson feels that if the CAF was more

“Some of the Center Stage series are really cool,” Danielson said. “But borrowing friend’s tickets was easier.” Many of the tickets included with the CoCurricular Activities Fee (CAF) are planned and booked by the Student Activities Council (SAC) and the Performing Arts Committee (PAC), such as the Center Stage Series and the upcoming Macklemore and Ryan Lewis concert. Many students do not know, however, that the CAF also supports distinguished lectures and the art galleries on campus. Some feel that the CAF is vital. Without it, they say, the quality and quantity of events at Luther would greatly diminish. “The CAF fee is just one portion of our funding, but it’s an essential portion,” Director of Campus Programming Tanya Gertz said. “In addition to that we have our ticket sales. The combination of the two is what makes it possible for us to bring the level of artists that we bring.” Taken apart, neither the CAF fee or ticket sales could provide such talented artists alone.

“If we were dependent only on CAF it would drastically change the series,” Gertz said. “And if we were dependent only on external ticket sales it would drastically change the series.” Student ID cards are electronically activated and registered each year when a student pays the CAF. It costs $195 per year, but allows the student to attend as many events as they would like. Full-time students could spend over $500 purchasing the tickets without the CAF fee in a single year. To purchase a ticket a student only needs to Center for Faith and Life. Tickets are often also available at the time of the event outside the venue. Student ID cards provide quick and easy access to tickets and events. “It’s nice to swipe your card and get into an event,” Britta Nyberg (‘15) said. According to Gertz, however, over 90% of students choose to pay the fee each year. “The vast number of students who opt-out are studying away,” Gertz said. “It’s more often that we have someone who is a non-traditional student opt-out.” Gertz urges students to take advantage of

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Pinching pennies. Seth Rumage (‘14) picks up a ticket with his student ID from Emily Alpers (‘14). this resource. “You’ve already paid for [the tickets]. Redeem those tickets, take advantage of them.” Gertz said.



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February 28th Issue  

Chips: The student newspaper of Luther College fifteenth issue of the year

February 28th Issue  

Chips: The student newspaper of Luther College fifteenth issue of the year