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Football Owls lose to Bentley on Homecoming Weekend

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Vol. 48 — Issue 6 O ctober 20, 2010 http://snews.southernct.edu/

Norton works to reduce academic achievement gap statewide K-12 Ryan Morgan

General Assignment Reporter

Cheryl Norton may no longer be university president, but her positive attitude and encouragement is still felt by students across campus. “She affected a lot of student leaders and they really want to carry on her spirit in the way they lead,” said Susan Zarnowski, president of Greek Life Council. “Her style was very nurturing and warm. She cared about not only the campus but people individually and that is important as a leader.” Norton resided as president for six years overseeing countless initiatives to make Southern more appealing. Norton recalled her first trip to Southern, standing in Engleman comparing the old wings to newly renovated wings and realizing the potential of the university. As president, Norton took on simple tasks to help make the university a nicer place to live such as putting up banners, benches and increasing the number of trash cans with James Blake, executive vice president. “I did what I called my botoxstrategy to make the campus look better without spending a lot of money,” said Norton. “We did a lot of things I’m really proud of because we saw the past and saw

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what I thought was the future.” Norton said one of the saddest parts of leaving was not getting to see the demolition of Seabury Hall and the funds to complete the new school of business. Today, Norton is working on sabbatical, part of an agreement between herself and her employers in which both parties have agreed to keep the details of private. The focus of Norton’s sabbatical is to study and publish her observations and recommendations for teacher reform in grades K-12 to reduce the achievement gap. When comparing standardized test scores, minority children living in cities tend to do poorer than students in suburban communities who tend to be Caucasian. “Connecticut has one of the largest achievement gaps in the United States and is very

bimodal. Students are either very highly educated or poorly educated” said Norton. “Southern recommends more teachers for licensure than anyone else in the state so we’ve got to be a part of the solution. Southern should be leading the way.” Norton is reading up on the achievement gap and visiting schools across Connecticut to identify what specifically is working and what is not. Norton, with a faculty advisory committee, hopes to identify what makes certain schools more educationally friendly than others. “The most important factor in whether students learn or not is their teacher. They can’t just know the content, their teacher has to believe in them and have big goals and aspirations for their students,” said Norton. “It’s because other people believe in you. Those simple things make so much of a difference in our lives.” Believing in students is one thing Norton will be remembered for at Southern. Senior Class President Ray Nardella recognized Norton as a warm person who made it a point to bring the campus community together by appearing at every event and making it a point to be

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James Mazur honored as new CSU Professor

Catherine Groux | Photo Editor

Psychology professor James Mazur is the first of the department to be named Connecticut State University Professor.

Ryan Morgan

General Assignment Reporter

Psychology professor James E. Mazur can add a new honor to his already impressive resume. Friends, family, colleagues and a group of prestigious guests gathered to name Mazur a Connecticut State University Professor, a notable title. Interim President Stanley F. Battle was among many individuals who attended an induction ceremony for Mazur on Friday, Oct. 8. “He could serve on any campus, whether it is a CSU [Connecticut State University] school

or Notre Dame, he is at that high of a caliber,” said Battle. “It’s like a rose in full bloom and is certainly a bragging right for not only Southern but the CSU system as well.” Mazur has been teaching at Southern for 22 years. He has earned the respect of his colleagues along the way by performing at the highest level of excellence, said Provost Selase W. Williams. Mazur’s laboratory research in behavior psychology has been nationally recognized in prominent journals. Specifically, Mazur has had 45 articles published and

is currently working on the 7th edition of his textbook, “Learning and Behavior,” which has been a best-seller for over two decades and has been translated into German and Japanese. The title of CSU Professor is given after the Board of Trustees evaluates nominations received from campus committees and the university president. Donna Jean Fredeen, dean of the school of arts and sciences, nominated Mazur in January. Dean David G. Carter, chancellor of the CSU system, spoke on behalf of Mazur at the ceremony. “This is a proud moment that is well deserved,” said Carter. “You’re a humble person. You view yourself as a regular person and there is something to be said about ordinary people who do extraordinary things and remain ordinary.” “That’s you and that’s a blessing,” Carter said. Mazur’s humility was evident as he commented on the award. “It’s really a great honor because so few people get this,” said Mazur.

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Tuition freeze Parades, dances, football games in CSU system and parents at SCSU Family Day Stephanie Paulino

News Writer

The Connecticut State University System Board of Trustees recently voted to impose a second one-year freeze on the salaries of management and non-union staff and announced the intent to maintain current tuition levels for the academic year beginning next fall. Richard Balducci, the vice president of the CSUS Board of Trustees said the decision to freeze salaries and maintain tuition levels was unanimous among the Board. “Our object is to provide a good solid education for the men and women of Connecticut at an affordable price,” said Balducci. “We hope it will help them from a financial standpoint.” According to a Sept. 23 press release from the CSU system office, it is the first time in 10 years that tuition would not be increased at the start of the academic year. Balducci said last year, the Connecticut State Universities lost $15 million in state funding, which led to a 6.6 percent increase in tuition and fees. “It really feels good to be able to do that, hopefully we

Science majors increase

Opinions

Has Obama lost his ‘hope’

Sean Meenaghan | General assignment reporter

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Index News

Southern’s second annual Family Day featured New York style events, focusing around the theme “Southern State of Mind.” Tents were set up behind Jess Dow Field Saturday, featuring The Cupcake Truck, Verona Pizza and more. The Homecoming parade was full of residential, club and Greek Life floats decorated with the theme in mind. Conn Hall also provided a “New York Style” breakfast for the families. Last week was a preview week for Homecoming weekend.

can maintain that freeze,” said Balducci. James Blake, executive vice president, said he understands and supports the decision to freeze salaries and maintain tuition levels. “Given the difficult fiscal and financial times, this would be helpful to students as they find the challenges of trying to pay for their education to know that next year,” said Blake. “As it stands now the intention is not to raise tuition and fees.” The challenge for the university, Blake said, is to make sure it can cover costs, taking into account an expected downturn in available funds from the state of Connecticut and around $6 million less from tuition and fees. He said Governor M. Jodi Rell is developing a budget that includes a 15 percent reduction across all state agencies, which equates to $10 million less available to Southern. Blake said he’d have to see whether the reduction holds up after the new governor takes office after the November elections. Additionally, he said the

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Arts & Entertainment 9-11 ProCon serves up PB&J

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volunteer in community

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Southern Sports 12–14 Athletic department renews contract with Sidearm Sports

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