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SECURITY BRIEFS Jan. 11-15, Larkin Hall On Jan. 18, a student reported the theft of a laptop between the days of Jan. 11-15 from the basement of Larkin Hall. Campus security officials are currently investigating this matter.

Jan. 16, Southern Blvd. 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. A rash of six cars parked on Southern Boulevard outside the gates of campus were broken into. Cash and other valuable properties were taken. NYPD investigation is currently underway.

January 23, 2013

Sandy Relief Strives to Help Those Still in Need SANDY, FROM PAGE 1

When they are not doing physical labor, volunteers spend time with the storm victims. Often, this time involves talking to them and listening to their stories, but sometimes merely sitting with someone is support enough. The work is physically and emotionally exhausting, but many say the work does pay off in the end. “There have been powerful encounters with people,” O’Kane said. “They are very grateful. People have made us lunch, invited us back for barbecues ... there is an incredible spirit of community.” Now, over two months after the storm, other organizations that have been involved in the relief effort are beginning to leave the affected areas. Fordham officials, however, believe it is still important to continue its

THE TOWN OF MAMARONECK FIRE DEPARTMENT

Superstorm Sandy left a trail of destruction as it tore through the East Coast, obliterating many houses in its path.

commitment to helping victims. Even after houses are rebuilt, Fordham’s responsibility extends to getting people back on their feet to a point where they feel that they can

move on with their lives. Campus Ministry is looking for more volunteers in the coming weeks, particularly faculty and staff members who are willing to chaper-

Faculty, University Negotiate Salary Agreement

Jan. 20, Southern Blvd. A vehicle parked on Southern Boulevard between Bedford Park Road and the campus entrance was broken into via the front passenger window. The owner was a visitor of the New York Botanical Gardens, and not a member of the Fordham community. The NYPD is currently investigating this case. ELIZABETH ZANGHI/THE RAM

The Faculty Senate meets at least once every semester to discuss the issues that pertain to its members and to the University. FACULTY, FROM PAGE 1

Jan. 21, Bookstore 5 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. A burglary was reported in the Fordham University campus bookstore. One of the front doors to the store was smashed. Property was stolen, and NYPD officials have been alerted for further investigation.

—Compiled by Girish Swaminath, Assistant News Editor

one of the Saturday trips. The Fordham office is currently working to partner with other departments on campus to sponsor specific Saturday trips.

these terms. In their documented minutes, from Sept. 19, the Faculty Senate announced that they had “suspend[ed] negotiations with John Lordan, senior vice resident and chief financial officer, and request[ed] a meeting on salary matters with Fr. Joseph McShane, S.J, president of the University, and Robert D. Daleo, chair of the Board of Trustees.” The Senate also announced at that meeting that they would “hold an emergency faculty forum, open to members of the university community, in order to alert the faculty to the status of salary discussions” and that they would “make public to the University community the relevant data presented by the Salary and Benefits Committee to the Senate.” Both sides went back and forth on the issue as shown in their Oct.

12 minutes, where the Senate announced that they “reject[ed] the administration’s counter-offer on salary negotiations as insufficient for a reasonable across-the-board increase equivalent to cost of living and a reasonable merit increment.” Eventually, both sides came to an agreement regarding the terms as stated above. Not all issues were resolved, however. As an article published in The Observer on Dec. 8, 2012, mentioned, after the contract agreement was settled, faculty members submitted a petition to the Senate to address the fact that the University did not compromise on a number of issues. These issues included “higher merit raises, the implementation of a new maternity leave program and on-site child care facilities as well as fighting cuts to academic programs,” according to The Ob-

server. The Faculty Senate also passed a motion at their Nov. 9 meeting stating that “the Faculty Senate moves that the Administration shall not allocate money from better than budget tuition revenues to fund campus facility reserves or any other capital fund reserves.” The Senate stated that “in the context of the President of the University’s priority on faculty development and program development, the Senate believes that it is the responsibility of the University to raise adequate funds for the endowment through traditional fundraising, and that it is irresponsible and harmful to the University to allocate tuition-generated surpluses now and for the foreseeable future to supplement capital reserve funds.” This coincides with many other statements from the Faculty Sen-

ate regarding the importance the faculty has to the students and to the University itself. For instance, at their Oct. 12 meeting, the Faculty Senate also announced how it “[felt] strongly that the administration’s offer devalues the faculty’s contribution in all three missionconsistent areas, teaching, service and research.” Also, according to the article in The Observer, Dr. Andrew Clark, associate professor of French and comparative literature and former head of the Senate’s Salary and Benefits Committee, said that students could potentially be harmfully affected if the University and faculty continue to be far apart on issues regarding contract negotiations. He said students could possibly see more canceled courses, due to lack of professors and less faculty presence on campus. Many students agreed with Clark’s beliefs when asked what they thought of the faculty contract negotiations. “They have to be happy [with their contracts] with what they’re doing in order to teach well, and good teachers make it much easier to learn,” Maria Buck, FCRH ’15, said. “I think having the faculty paid well is important because if you don’t have a happy faculty, you don’t have great service, and that hurts the students of Fordham,” Gabrielle Vella, GSB ’15, said. The Fordham Ram reached out to Dr. Falguni Sen, vice president of the Faculty Senate. “Specifics of contract negotiations are confidential in nature,” Sen said in an email.

This Week at Fordham Thursday Jan. 24

Thursday Jan. 24

Friday to Sunday Jan. 25 to 27

Monday Jan. 28

Wednesday Jan. 30

Poets Out Loud Showcase,

Bible Study,

Fresh-Vision Freshman Retreat,

Gmail Overview Training,

Career and Internship Fair: Arts, Media, Service

Lincoln Center Campus, Corrigan Center, Poets Out Loud 7 p.m.

McGinley Center, Campus Ministry, 5:30 p.m. & 6:30 p.m.

Fordham’s House of Prayer Campus Ministry

Dealy Hall E-305, Fordham IT, 1 p.m.

Lincoln Center Campus, Pope Auditorium, Career Services, 3 p.m.

Poets Out Loud welcomes British and American award-winning literary translator, Peter Constantine and American poet, professor and translator Idra Novey for an evening of verse.

The Fresh-Vision retreat is an opportunity for freshmen to reFordham IT trainers demonCampus Ministry is resuming flect on their year so far, bond strate how to streamline the comBible Study on a a biweekly basis. with one another and consider munication process using Gmail’s There will be two meetings every their vision for the rest of the search and label features, manage Thursday in McGinley Conference year. Registration is online or in the flow of messages and customRoom 212 (inside OSL&CD). All McGinley, Rm. 102. ize the inbox. are welcome to attend. For more campus events, visit FordhamRam.com

The fair will be an opportunity to network with employers from CBS, Michael Kors, the Peace Corps and many more. Attendees will also be entered in a contest to win an iPad.

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