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boren gives students food for thought OU president addresses key issues for the nation’s future success ARIANNA PICKARD
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In order for America to continue being the leading nation in the world, emphasis must be placed on education, studying abroad, the middle class and reformed campaign funding, President David Boren told University College students during a panel discussion. Boren held the discussion to address issues he outlined in his 2008 book, “A Letter to America.” University freshmen were encouraged to read the book and attend the discussion,
which took place Wednesday in the Donald W. Reynolds Performing Arts Center. Boren addressed university freshmen with frustration about the diminishing state of this country and some ways that its future can be enhanced. In his book, Boren calls out to Americans with a sense of urgency about the state of their country and what can be done to change it, and at the discussion, he addressed students with the same urgency. Until now, the U.S. always has seen progress with the passing of each generation, Boren said. A high percentage of Americans currently are concerned that the nation they are handing over to the next generation will be a diminished version of the one they’re living in now.
Boren said that when he heard of this concern, he was frustrated, and he realized something must be done to enhance the future of this country — thus “A Letter to America.” Boren asked the students to raise their hands to indicate how many years they thought the U.S. would continue to be the leading nation in the world. “100 years? 50 years? 20 years?” Boren asked. About five students thought the U.S. still would be the leading nation in 100 years, the majority raised their hands for 50 years and almost as many raised their hands for 20 years. Ten years ago, the U.S. ranked first in the world in college attendance, but now it is 16th, Boren said. In the five best-educated countries in the world, about 80 percent of the teachers see BOREN paGe 2
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Boren aims to grow program
Professor to research Iran identity before Islam
Adding two professors to Retired Professors Program saves $84,000 MAX JANERKA
Students could see more retired faculty return to the classroom in an effort to save the university money. The number of faculty in the Retired Professors Program will increase by 15 percent over the next five years, if administrators are successful in completing this goal, outlined by President David Boren in his State of the University address to the Faculty Senate on Oct. 17. The Retired Professors Program brings retired faculty members back to OU to teach freshman courses. The program started in 1995 with the intent of exposing freshmen and other new students to the university’s greatest minds, university spokesman Michael Nash said. Professors within the program teach part time, teaching one or two courses per semester, he said. Professors within the Retired Professors Program are nominated by their respective colleges to receive funding from the President’s Retired Faculty Funds, Nash said. He explained the Provost’s Office reviews these applications each semester and awards funding when necessary. These appointments are on a semester-by-semester or yearlong basis and count as part-time employment, which potentially could have an impact on retirement benefits, according to the President’s Retired Faculty Funds documents found on the Provost’s website. These part-time professors are paid a minimum of $15,000 for “a nine-month appointment ... teaching six credit hours per semester,” according to the documents. In contrast, a full professor’s average salary this year was more than $114,000, according to the OU Factbook, which also states an assistant professor has an average salary of
BY THE NUMBERS Professor salaries
average salary of a fulltime professor teaching two courses per semester
average salary of an assistant professor
average salary of a professor in the retired professor’s program average salary of a graduate assistant Source: OU Factbook
$65,000, and graduate assistants make about $14,000. Assuming professors and assistant professors teach the required minimum of two classes per semester, hiring two retired professors to each teach part time for a school year has the potential to save the university $84,000 without adding to the list of classes taught by graduate assistants rather than professors. Along with saving the university money, the program has the added benefit that freshmen still would be taught by professors. Boren discussed the need to cut back on expenses during his speech because of cuts in state appropriations to OU. Boren decried the cuts in state funding and praised the university staff and faculty for “doing more with less,” but he argued the state ought to return the university’s funding to its previous levels because the institution cannot continue offering as many courses as it does on a budget that is $90 million short. Max Janerka email@example.com
Study tracks effect of Iran’s early faith NADIA J. ENCHASSI Campus Reporter
Afshin Marashi, OU professor of International and Area Studies , will travel across the globe to further his research on Iranian nationalism and Zoroastrianism, the religion of most Iranians before Islam was adopted. Marashi will travel to Bombay, India for the first time in January to study the influence on this faith on the development of Iranian identity. Marashi teaches a wide range of courses dealing with Middle-Eastern and Iranian history, culture and politics. Marashi said he also conducts specialized research that sometimes overlaps with and, in a broad sense, informs his teaching. see INDIA paGe 2
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Today around campus Finals stress relievers will be given out by Union Programming Board from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Oklahoma Memorial Unionâ€™s first floor lobby. A student-directed production of the play â€œCheeseâ€? by Laurel Ollstein will be held at 8 p.m. in Old Science Hallâ€™s Gilson Studio Theatre. The ballets â€œCinderellaâ€? and â€œValseFantaisieâ€? will be performed by Oklahoma Festival Ballet from 8 to 10 p.m. in Reynolds Performing Arts Center. A New Horizons chamber recital will be held from 8 to 10 p.m. in Catlett Music Centerâ€™s Pitman Recital Hall.
graduated at the top 25 percent of their classes, Boren said. Here, a similar number of teachers graduated at the bottom 25 percent of their classes. Another important aspect of education is studying abroad, Boren said. Studying abroad allows future political leaders to understand the languages, cultures and histories of countries the U.S. may end up partnering with to ensure a safer world. The importance of studying abroad and paying teachers sufficient salaries were parts of Borenâ€™s speech that hit home with university freshman Taylor Cochran. Cochran said he liked that Boren spoke about how students in the U.S. need to be better educated because theyâ€™re behind students in countries like China. One reason for this could be because teachers here arenâ€™t getting paid as much as teachers in other countries.
A student-directed production of the play â€œCheeseâ€? by Laurel Ollstein will be held at 8 p.m. in Old Science Hallâ€™s Gilson Studio Theatre.
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President David Boren discusses his book Wednesday in Holmberg Hall.
positions have been equally difficult, but being president of OU has been more rewarding. Boren ended his discussion by saying he hopes his book will encourage debate among Americans and cause students to think about how
they would strive to enhance the U.S. if they had as much influence as the president of the nation. Arianna Pickard email@example.com
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Teachers in the five countries with the best education in the world are paid two and a half times more than teachers in the U.S., Boren said. The U.S. also must have a strong middle class in order to succeed, Boren said. The middle class in the U.S. has shrunk 1 percent every year for the last 15 years. Toward the end of the discussion, two students had questions once Boren opened up the floor. One student asked how candidates resist selling out to certain interests because of campaign funding, to which Boren emphasized the importance of a campaign funding reform. Right now, candidates must raise about $2 million to run a successful campaign, and often the candidate with the most money will win the election. The next student asked which position was more difficult for Boren, being governor or being president of a university. Boren said the two
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Some courses he teaches are more directly connected to his research, such as the one he is currently teaching about modern Iran. â€œThe issue of nationalism and national identity and the role of Zoroastrianism in Iranian national identity comes up often,â€? he said. This longterm project, which he says is destined to become a book, focuses on how Iranians began to
rediscover and remember their ancient civilization. â€œZoroastrianism was the religion that most Iranians adhered to before Islam and, in the medieval period, there was a process of conversion to Islam but, in the 19th and early 20th century, Iranians began to revive their pre-Islamic Zoroastrian, cultural identity,â€? he said. â€œSo, the focus is related to that revival of pre-Islamic Iranian national memory.â€? Marashi said the Zoroastrian community of
Bombay first promoted and encouraged that revived identity within Iran. â€œThe reason Iâ€™m going to Bombay is because it is in India where the worldâ€™s largest remaining Zoroastrian population resides,â€? he said.
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