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Vol. 48 — Issue 8 O ctober 27, 2010

Financial state discussed at town meeting

Makayla Silva

generate a little more proposed alternatives to cutting personthan $6 million, there- nel to generate the necessary revenue. fore closing the gap. “Because cost is so much in personnel, Proposals to meet the manBlake said the posi- the obvious thing is to try and make the datory 15 percent reduction tions that will not be savings in personnel areas,” he said. “Can request for the 2011-2013 budget looked at when consider- we look at the less obvious thing instead were discussed at the town hall ing what to hold vacant of the most drastic thing?” style meeting last week. are if it is required for Blake said some of the suggestions Executive Vice President students to graduate, if made by SCSU faculty for closing the 15 James Blake showed the faculty, it is a health and safety percent reduction included evaluating the staff and students in attendance position, or if it is man- amount of paper used by the university, a detailed overview of the curdated by state law. finding ways to switch to more electronic rent financial state of Southern. “We will also con- means, making better use of the faciliBlake said this meeting was sider if the position ties and conserving on heat, utilities and part of the effort for the SCSU fits in with our guiding lights. community to be “educated principles,” he said. He said the university is working to financially” and made aware AAUP President close the gap without affecting a student’s of the university’s “financial Mike Shea voiced his experience. obligations.” concerns over a com“My goal is to make sure we are catherine groux | photo editor Past efforts to close the promised learning making the strongest effort possible,” he deficit included the implemented Executive Vice President James Blake presented and discussed experience for students said. “You guys pay a lot of money to furlough days, which resulted in the university’s current financial state with attendees at the if positions are held attend Southern and it’s important to an $800,000 annual savings, and town hall meeting last week. vacant. make sure your experience doesn’t have the retirement incentive program, “I think it’s impossi- disadvantages.” which resulted in a total savings generate $4 million. ble, for a temporary time, The university is working on an overof $6.3 million. “The biggest challenge will be deter- not to somewhat compromise the current all plan to become more efficient, accordStill, the state faces a projected deficit mining what positions are to be held per- quality of ing to Blake. of approximately $6 million. manently vacant,” Blake said. the edu“This is a big operation. The state of Connecticut has borrowed The three best opportunities to cational There are areas where we need over $900 million to close the 2009 deficit, increase revenue and, in effect, close the e x p e r i to need to continue to look for My goal is to make and plans to borrow $700 million to balance deficit, according to Blake, are holding ence at efficiencies. We need to work the 2011 budget, according to Blake. positions vacant, increasing enrollment S o u t h - sure we are making the smart and we need to work betAdditionally, $3.8 million must and reviewing other efficiencies. ern,” he ter,” he said. strongest effort possible. be returned to the state general fund “The real opportunity to close the said. After eliminating faculty, as requested by the Board of Trustees gap is in the salaries,” he said. “The - James Blake health and safety positions and Finance Committee. Because there is a tuition freeze for m a i n custodians from the list of posBlake said the university is hoping to CSU students, and the state appropriation scenario sible places to hold vacant posiincrease enrollment by 2 percent for the has been reduced for the 2011-2012 fiscal is leaving tions, Blake said, admittedly, that 2012 fiscal year, which will generate $1.4 year, Blake said the most effective means to positions there is not a lot left. million. generate funds is to evaluate personnel. vacant and I don’t think any division has “That’s the challenge,” he said. “We Also, capturing turnover savings will If 61 full-time positions are held any positions that they can afford to leave don’t have a lot of fat. We’re going to try gain another $3.5 million and holding vacant, he said, with an average salary of vacant.” and ride this thing out.” 42 to 50 full-time positions vacant will $99,077 per position, the university will Shea said he would like to see The meeting was held last Friday. Managing Editor

Important Budget Actions to take place this year: •On or before November 15 the Office of Policy and Management will present the Governor elect with a proposed FY2011 – 2013 biennial budget. •Early February 2011 the Governor will present his recommended Biennial Budget to the Legislature for its review and approval. •Either at the close of the legislative session or in special session the FY2011 – 2013 Biennial Budget will be approved. •Governor will approve/sign the budget to open the new fiscal year 2012. •July 2011 Board of Trustees will approve the FY2012 Spending Plan.

Student at Southern for 13 years Professor researches bullying Stephanie Paulino

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Thirteen years after enrolling at Southern, 79-year-old Genevieve Healey plans to come back year after year until she receives her liberal arts degree. “I know each year when I come in for the first time, it’s like 20 years just goes off my back, I just feel wonderful coming back to school,” said Healey, who is now taking one class a year every fall semester. Healey, who turns 80 on Oct. 29, enrolled at Southern a year after her husband died in

A housewife is better than just a housewife -we’re people too. - Genevieve Healey

1996, when family friend and former Southern President, the late Michael Adanti, recommended Healey inquire about the Senior Citizens Organization at the university. “My husband and I raised six children, and worked very hard to put them through college,”

said Healey. “And I said, ‘you know, I never had that opportunity, I think I will put myself through college, I will try.’” Healey, who is working toward her degree with concentrations in art appreciation and literature, said she has enjoyed Southern “tremendously” since the first time she came 13 years ago. She chose art appreciation to be more aware of art and look for the finer points, and literature, if her health were to fade. “I figured if I got old and got sick and couldn’t do too much, at least I could read a book with more intelligence rather than just skimming through or reading for self-entertainment,” she said. The mother of six children, 15 grandchildren and two greatgrandchildren, said she now has 108 credits. Now that she is in college, Healey said being hard on her children about their grades has come to haunt her. “When I got into school and saw the pressure and everything else, my kids threatened me that they would go talk to my teachers if I did not pass a class and I was not allowed a C,” she said. A background in political life has made it easy for her to interact with members of Southern’s diverse community. When she was younger, Healey was active in Parent

Teacher Associations, president of the Derby Emblem club, state chairman for affirmative action, and taught afterschool Catholic education programs. In 1974, she attended the midterm Democratic Policy Conference, where for the first time she saw groups of handicapped people asking the Democrats to include handicapped ramps in their platform. “I think back to those days when I saw people on stretchers and walkers and crutches and everything, and I’m very proud to have been part of those issues that pertain to just being humane,” she said. At the same conference she attended meetings where Women’s Rights activists, Gloria Steinem, Betty Freidan, Bella Abzug and Barbara Mikulski were speakers. “So we women got all hepped up,” said Healey. “A housewife is better than just a housewife— we’re people too.” Staying four hours south of Venice, in Urbino, Italy, Healey took courses in Renaissance art and Italian culture, while studying abroad in 2004. Healey said the six-week stay in the hometown of painter and architect Rafael was one of the most fascinating things she had ever done in her life.

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Psychology professor Kari Sassu has researched bullying within middle school classrooms and students interaction.

Sean Meenaghan

General Assignment Reporter

Following the recent tragic death of a young man at Rutgers University, bullying on school campuses has been getting national recognition, from coverage on national news to talk shows such as “The View” and “The Ellen Show.” Kari Sassu, assistant professor in the counseling and school psychology department, said the tendencies of a bully come into existence at a young age. “Kids learn to develop physical skills first,” Sassu said. “Then verbal abilities, calling each other names. Then social skills.” Sassu said the majority See genevieve page 3 of her research consisted of


observing teachers of middle school students and their likelihood of interaction. “There is direct bullying,” Sassu said, “which is direct aggression towards one another, or verbal interaction. There is also indirect bullying, which is relational, ostracizing, threat of losing friendship.” She said teachers have categorized males as bullies. “They perceived bullying along gender lines,” Sassu said. “Girls were seen as bullying indirectly and boys as bullying directly.” She said that in reality, boys would also bully indirectly, just as girls would bully directly. “There are opportunities through technology,” Sassu said. “Technology has amplified


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bullying to an immeasurable degree.” Sassu, who teaches graduate students from the school of psychology, school counselors and clinical mental health counselors, said that our different social skills change as we mature. “People have access to technology,” Sassu said. “Through tech-bullying, people can be aggressive to someone who does not have a face. You don’t see them as a person, as nonhuman.” The professor believes that bullying can have long-lasting effects. “People do not realize bullying is lasting,” Sassu said. “People who post things (on the computer) can send them to infinite numbers of people.” Sassu said there really isn’t a true resolution to bullying. “Unfortunately, aggression is human behavior; bullying is not,” Sassu said. “We know when people cross the line. (People) should be productive on how to resolve conflict, how to stop it. Victims should know that there are options and resources.” Sassu said a simple slap on the wrist does not change a bully’s action. “Just punishing does not

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