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Norovirus hits FSU By Kathleen McDonough INTERIM NEWS EDITOR An e-mail sent out to students on Monday from Dean of Students Melinda Stoops testinal disease norovirus. Hofrenning said the Health Center has -
an increase.” Although Hofrenning said she would said “the emergency rooms in Boston and the MetroWest have seen an increase in the virus most likely came to campus from the Kelsey Loverude/The Gatepost
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Half of Pathways students failed “challenge” semester By Samantha Rawson EDITORIAL STAFF Last fall, FSU enrolled 67 freshmen as full-time students who did not meet the school’s standards for admissions through the newly formed Pathways Program. Because the students were non-matricof the class of 2015. Although FSU has always allowed non-matriculated students to take classes, that they were allowed to attend with fulltime status and live in the residence halls. Susanne Conley, vice president of
enrollment and student development, said one of the motivations for developing the Pathways Program was to ensure the on-campus population from 1,500 to 1,900 resident students with the opening need to meet this goal made it necessary full residential occupancy.
participating in the Pathways Program
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required to earn a 1.7. According to school policy, students may graduate from FSU with a 2.0 GPA. According to Conley, 54 percent of the Pathways students met the criteria for admission, and all who were offered admission accepted. “It’s not really an admissions program,” said Conley, referring to Pathways,
documented sexual assaults on campus. Six cases of sexual assault were reported in 2010, according to the annual FSU crime statistics report for that year. For calendar year 2011, Stoops reported eight cases to FSUPD. In order to conform with the Federal Campus Security Act and the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and
Campus Crime Statistics Act, Framingham State, along with other campuses, must compile a crime statistics report yearly.
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via text message. Deputy Police Chief John Santoro said the new way of communicating with police
“There are different ways that students sponse is different depending on whom they report to,” said Stoops. Stoops said the Counseling Center and
year report is not out yet. “I report numand health services. I can’t say that is the
FSU Tip breaks communication barriers
By Kerrin Murray It’s more of an enrollment program. But NEWS EDITOR it was for students who were not accepted Last week, the FSUPD announced a new upon application.”
Sexual assaults up last year By Kerrin Murray NEWS EDITOR According to the FSU Crime Statistics -
contagious. The e-mail said that the Health Center on campus has “seen an increase in the numtoms” such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
school cancellations, inclement weather and
for us to use to help receive information who reports an offense. “I would know -
said Santoro. sage to police will remain anonymous.
one case reported, according to campus police logs.
campus police. “We want to honor the requests and
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Dr. Susan Dargan
Friday, Feb. 10, 2012
Sociology Professor By Crystal Hederson STAFF WRITER
Investigation - D. Justin McCarthy Center.
next town over. I came here for my interview, which -
GP: Please provide a brief summary of your résumé and educational background. I attended Simmons College in Boston, which is a small women’s college. I got a degree in government and sociology with a minor in Spanish. I went out to a year instead - I wasn’t entirely sure. I had done in-
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to law school. I waited for a year and missed sociology. I decided to return to Massachusetts and enrolled in a master’s/Ph.D. program at Boston University. I got my Ph.D. in sociology with a focus in race and ethnic relations.
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helped me to take myself seriously. I was very grate-
GP: What classes do you teach?
and ethnic relations and gender. I teach Investigating Social Forces in American Society, Sociology of Work and Internship. I’ve taught almost everything offered in our catalog at some point or another. GP: What is your favorite aspect of being at FSU?
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GP: Do you have any advice for students? My advice for students is to push yourselves as much as you can. Use the time here to grow as much as you can. Students can settle for complacency and mediocrity, and I think that it’s very important to push and try to get to the next level. And we’re here to help you do that. I really try to convey to students to reach their That’s part of pushing yourself to the next level, in your classes and in other parts of campus life. Take advantage of all the opportunities here - it’s a great place. Don’t sit in your room and watch TV.
Oh yeah. I like sports. I like to dents know. I follow a lot of local sports teams. I like to
It’s really the students. I grew up in Natick, which is the
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Vineyard as much as I can.
new faculty and dealing with the growth of our department.
lege was the classroom. I went to a small women’s college, and the faculty there
had 150 majors, and now we have over 250, so that’s a huge amount of growth in a short amount of
GP: What was your best experience in college?
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I am chairing the Committee on Diversity and Inclusion, and we are working on some exciting things for this year. We are going to do some faculty and staff diversity training in May. We are doing all sorts of events this semester. I terested in doing some research on gender and stereotype threat. Our department has grown con-
issues of social justice like inequality and those kinds of issues.
GP: Are you currently working on any projects?
in college. To me, sociology really helps me understand the world and I have
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with the faculty on projects. I like mentoring new faculty. We have a fantastic department and I really like partment, and most faculty here, are really invested in improving teaching, learning and working with the students.
Of all the academic areas, that one just made the most sense to me. I like to think of myself as someone who is interdisciplinary. I like history, literature and politics. That’s
GP: What do you like about being a department chair?
GP: Why did you decide to major in Sociology?
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much potential and I love working with them to develop that potential. Students are just wonderful - it’s a
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Hall and in the campus parking lots.
trying to protect the larger community,” said Stoops. If a student were to communidence Life, there is “a different standard in
“You really never know who is driving up and down the roadways … as innocent land anywhere,” said Medeiros.
student who was involved. “Given the situation, I may or may not follow up with the student - it depends on the circumstances,” said Stoops. Chief of Campus Police Brad Medeiros said, “We encourage anyone to come forward. … It allows us to remove the threat. “The majority of the department goes through close to a 40-hour training course with either the state police or the municipal police training academy as far as our sexual assault training goes,” said Medeiros. Medeiros said the Threat Assessment
“look at the choices that you are making” and not hesitate to call for help. She also advised students to go out in groups with
“If you are drinking, make sure you are pay attention to what is going on,” said Stoops. Medeiros said the FSUPD has many Danielle Vecchione/The Gatepost
Director of the Counseling Center Paul
actually taking an in-depth look at every situation with every individual that we deal with to ensure that they are evaluated appropriately. All the key resource people are
Police warn community of recent crimes on bulletin boards posted around campus.
there at this meeting.” a dispatcher are assigned to each shift and
the entire outside of the campus area,” said Medeiros. In addition, there is an institutional se-
“We have well over 60 CC TV cameras
page, the crime prevention unit will host a “Sexual Assault Awareness program” on Tuesday, March 6 at 7:00 p.m. in DPAC.
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an infected person or contaminated food. Director of Health Services Ilene Hofrenning said that it is hard to distinguish
is usually much more intense and shortlived. The only way to know for sure if a person has norovirus, as opposed to another GI virus, is to send out a stool sample to The Health Center does not test ill stuyou get the results, people are over it aland it’s expensive. … The only people that tend to get tested are people that work with food,” said Hofrenning. According to a Massachusetts Departrequired to provide stool specimens for testing.” said, “To our knowledge, none of our emrus. Any employee with symptoms will proper medical clearance.” He added that the increase in norovirus incidents gave Health Services “an opportunity to reinforce with our teams why their extensive safety training, coupled with washing their hands and wearing gloves during food preparation and service, is so important.”
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Norovirus can be transmitted by contact with infected people and contaminated food. quality and patient services for the MetroWest Medical Centers, said their hospinorovirus cases this winter season. “We’ve past month in the Framingham Union
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cause of a GI illness so far. The school is focusing on making students aware of the illness right now, said thing in preventing the spread is personal hygiene,” such as washing hands frequently, not sharing food and drinks and not going to class when sick, as Stoops listed in her e-mail. Hofrenning said that although she ex-
Health Services. major, had similar symptoms that lasted 24 ing up most of the night. I didn’t go to pains and “threw up every half hour, which wasn’t very fun.” He experienced these -
I started to feel really sick.” Although gastrointestinal diseases have increased this year, Hofrenning said she -
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ate from FSU with a 2.0 GPA. According to Conley, 54 percent of the Pathways students met the criteria for admission, and all who were offered admission accepted. “It’s not really an admissions program,” cause we’re not really admitting them. It’s more of an enrollment program. But it was for students who were not accepted upon application.” The Pathways Program is comprised of people who applied to FSU for the 2011-
FSU. The students who were not admitted, Conley said, can still take the credits they earned at FSU and transfer them to other colleges. “At that time we were saying, ‘Well,
here,’” she said. The students in the Pathways Program, was on their shoulders” to prove that they could earn admission here.
were not matriculated. That was the only activity in which they could not participate. Pathways students paid the same fees as matriculated students. Some of the students lived in residence halls, and some of them commuted. Some, Conley said, were planning to transfer at the end of the se-
how the program will affect faculty evalu-
this program.” At the end of every semester, students are non-tenured or up for tenure review. cause they are used for a variety of reasons. “If we have students in our classes who do not meet the university’s own criteria ally sets up a situation where students are frustrated or angry,” he said. “If we’ve got students whom the university has identi-
The participating students were all self-
evaluations of faculty, we’re really concerned that they’re going to negatively
to enroll in the program. “It was an invitation,” Conley said, “to
those students experienced a great deal of
necessary post-secondary coursework at FSU.” The Pathways students were not chosen
to FSU, she said. Students participating in Pathways, said Conley, were restricted to three courses for the semester. This was modeled after the PLUS program (Program Leading to Unwith academic disadvantages. “We felt that if you didn’t get accepted, there’s a reason for that,” Conley said, load and manage things.” ticipating in the program were non-matriculated, they did not have either a major or an undeclared status. Conley said many of the students who met the criteria for admissions to FSU after GPAs than the 2.5 Pathways students were required to achieve. “What we tried to do with students who how we counseled them,” she said, adding that she was aware that the expectations for the Pathways students were higher than
said. “So we were very careful in helping them see their options in going forward, making sure we weren’t discouraging anyone from staying in higher education and That was very important to us.” time freshmen, Conley said, has “passed” for the students who participated in PathHowever, they have the option of taking courses as non-matriculated students either at FSU or at another school to earn admission as a transfer student. Transfer students are required to have a GPA of 2.5 in order to earn admission to
as well. “The faculty need to know what’s going on, with our students,” he said.
campus services such as CASA, which are
given placement requirements. So we tried
Many of the students who are in the Pathways Program were also accepted to other
Donohue said he was not aware of the
come to FSU. Students involved in the Pathways Program did not receive any extra tutoring,
full-time matriculated students. Conley said the students who are a part of Pathticipate in a “challenge” semester. “We’ve always had non-matriculated students here,” she said. “What they’ve always done is gotten courses through add-drop and we didn’t know if they were succeeding. They could have ended up in
They chose to enter into the program themselves. If they had chosen not to attend FSU as Pathways students, they would not
class,” he said, “that dependence upon -
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FSU’s on-campus population increased by 410 with the construction of North Hall. Conley said students in the Pathways Program were divided into three groups and participated in workshops loosely point of the workshops, she said, was “to make sure they understood everything
paid for through their student fees. president, said the administration did not get any input from faculty when the prothere was this apparent change in admissions policy without any input from the
campus, what to do you do if you need help in one of your courses.”
teach a class, the intellectual atmosphere of the class and the level of discussion that takes place. students, we lower our admissions stanty that will negatively impact the academic and intellectual climate on campus.” students have a hard time transitioning to “the university experience.” Many students who do meet admissions’ criteria still need remedial classes, and still struggle during
more students who do not meet the crite-
Dean of Admissions Jeremy Spencer, and were not associated with a class as are other Foundations programs. “I think the workshop went a long way towards helping ensure at least a level of success for the students,” Conley added. sity to offer a “challenge” semester. “I think the most important thing is that at the end of this program, we have to
have a stake in admissions policy and the president responding to some of the facthat the faculty should have had some input, and in the future would like to have the faculty’s input on admissions policy, which we, the faculty, appreciate.” Donohue said, is “the policy itself.” He said that while state universities should -
“If, in order to expand the number of students, we lower our admissions standards, I think there’s a very high probability that will negatively impact the academic and intellectual climate on campus.”
study it. We have to say, ‘What were the outcomes? Was it worth it? Did we make a difference in these young people’s lives?’” Conley said that a couple of Pathways students she had talked to had positive experiences at FSU. One said that it was like that she loves FSU. Many of the students were active on campus, Conley said. A lot of the students she worked with, she added, really loved the campus, and wanted to stay at FSU. Pathways students couldn’t participate in National Collegiate Athletic Association
demic and intellectual climate on campus.
are committed to access. But we’re also committed to maintaining the integrity of the academic program.” Dr. Lorretta Holloway, a professor
the way it was carried out. “It is an admissions and enrollment prolem if you’re going to have a program like that with no faculty input.” She also said that it isn’t clear how the program was developed and that programs -
She added, “The incoming class this year - and the transfer students - it was
ulty teaching too many courses, adminis-
people over the edge. And not just faculty -
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Two recent Gatepost alumni earn NENPA awards By Jennifer Hand STAFF WRITER Kristin Will, ‘09, and Kevin Doherty, ‘09, received Better Newspaper Contest 11. Will earned the second-place award in the Weekly Class Two Crime and Courts ing category for daily newspapers with a circulation up to 29,999. Will is the editor of the South Hadley newspaper. Will’s award was given for her case. Prince, a 15-year-old South Hadley High School student, committed suicide classmates. Six teenagers were criminally charged in the wake of her death, with charges ranging from, statutory rape, civil rights violations, criminal harassment, dising. A South Hadley resident herself, Will
“I literally owe my career to Desmond McCarthy. I am forever grateful. He was
of a long-time community newspaper, she the students who might not have otherwise spoken to media.” National and international media crews “hounded” the town for almost two years as the Prince case unfolded, said Will.
still a town left in their wake. The Town Will. “While other media outlets portrayed impacted, or hadn’t changed, I wrote otherwise. I maintain South Hadley has changed, and the students are more aware of one another and the impact each and every one of them has, in the school world and real world, on and off-line,” explained Will.
In March, 2010, Will was hired as a -
the youngest editor in the company.
the Northwestern District Attorney for the news cameras from across the state. Nothing like a national news story to kick-off
Will’s coverage of the Prince case taught her that “words are powerful weapons. You never know what could send someone over the edge, so it’s important to literally. two recent alumni of The Gatepost, McCarthy, The Gatepost’s advisor, said, “I am proud that two of our recent alumni were ity, professionalism, and hard work of our alumni.
entire country, and Kristin Will covered the story with clarity and compassion. She is an enormously talented journalist who has a lot of integrity,” he added.
success to Dr. Desmond McCarthy and “I took every journalism-related class
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damn close. The curriculum is current and tough and really prepares you for the types of articles and events reporters in the ‘real world’ cover,” she said. The Gatepost taught hands-on experience, which Will still uses today. “The Gatepost was like a four-year in-house internship. ... It was practical hands-on experience,” said Will. After graduation, Will freelanced for the Holyoke Sun newspaper and the South
staff” cell phones said Santoro.
Will said FSU prepared her for her career.
SGA grants class of 2012 budget request By Kärin Radock INTERIM NEWS EDITOR
software” in an off campus location said
tion passed unanimously. requested a co-sponsorship from SGA
the dispatch computer that a tip has come in” said Santoro. sorship request and made amendments to He said in a little over a week which this and forth with that person they are that sure we are sending the right message to the right person” said Santoro. He explained that this process makes for two-way communication. “So you’ll send it in from your cell phone you’re assigned a random digit ID we’ll respond said Santoro. With said a n o n y m i t y, Santoro said we “hope that folks here will take it seriously and
at least two to three tips coming in per day. The response time for the tip is “it is contingent upon whatever the information is we receive.” ceived involve narcotic investigations, alcohol, suspicious vehicles and illegally parked cars. One of the messages received was disclosed information on a campus party. Santoro
adults whoevand only send us legitimate information.” He said this could increase the chances of someone getting hurt
Becky Mueller, president of Women’s alignment of $1,000 for a police detail for their annual “Take Back the Night” event in April. Mueller said they would like
a realignment request of $30 for a chain
an outdoor festival. The motion passed
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Senators amend constitutions and review budget requests. the tip service anytime they want to pass unanimously. $191 for a Salem day trip in March and on informa$10 for a Boston day trip in April. The tion to the motion passed unanimously. police anonyyear’s NYC Armory Show on March 10mously. He said if somepassed. requested amendments to their respecone’s life is at tive constitutions for a second time. The amendments were passed. their phone driver and half of the student tickets, Laura Douillette was voted senator of line 4911, so which cost $15 apiece. Thirty students more informaIn other news: tors agreed that not all of those students are likely to attend the Armory Show. SILD. For further information, visit the Senator Laura Douillette thought it Center.
would really like for the emergency calls alarm. “We start rushing over there and … of awareness” said Santoro. The tip which is sent is immediately re-
that the trip’s mission would remain conare witnessing something that is going on
an Uno’s Chicago Grill fundraiser on
Class of 2012 Vice President Alex
phone,” which is when resorting to text from 3:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.
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Nearly half of Pathways students denied admission FSU admits ATHWAYS ROGRAM 924 freshmen “We never kept it a secret, of course,” she added. “I talked gram in various venues on campus, including President’s
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I don’t think anydicted how much this year. So everyone’s feeling -
department could legitimate argument for hiring
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time people.” She also said
these students were.” According to Conley, the Pathways Program is currently under review
ADMISSION FOR THE SPRING SEMESTER
that people were out “in a really weird way - news was trickling out gram,” which, along with everything else, might have made faculty even less receptive to the Pathways Program. “There are always non-matriculated students on campus,” she -
think there was some confu-
Spencer with input from faculty and staff administrators are still unsure
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OF MATRICULATED FRESHMEN TO STAY
2.5 GPA REQUIRED OF
PATHWAYS PROGRAM STUDENTS FOR ADMISSION
you don’t have to … I think there’s in
track of those students’ success and impact. Whereas if you have a matriculated student, there’s a way to track that student.” She said the
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for next year. The review is scheduled for
of March. “Now we’re the program,” and its place in the “larger picture of enrollment at FSU,” she said. Should the Pathways Program run next semester, Conley said, “We’re not going to spend any dollars promoting a program like this. We’re out there to re-
for the atmosphere of the university, and doesn’t think the program was planned very well. Another concern Holloway has is the economic impact on students. “It’s one thing to pay out of pocket for one class as a non-matriculated student,” she said. “But non-matriculated students do not real issue.” She said she doesn’t know if anyone has worked with the Pathways stulow-interest loans. is if they don’t make it through a semester and they’ve taken out a loan, “there’s a the next semester, you may or may not
She said if a student takes a full semester off and then tries to re-apply, they are considered “in default of a loan,” so if a one at a higher interest rate. -
she said, “and there was concern that they
Holloway said that while it’s harder to at FSU, that’s not necessarily a Pathways lem,” she said. “Thirty percent of college freshmen don’t persist, and that’s a nationwide average. … Despite the majority of them going and spending 12 years in our education system, they are not ready for college-level work. requiring a higher GPA for Pathways students was, “A ‘C’ at Framingham State means average work. And we were asking the Pathways students to step it up the challenge and to earn matriculation through the Pathways Program. “We certainly, for example, wouldn’t tervailing to existing university policies the way we structured the program. And nothing in it really undermined the expectations of matriculated students that are set Conley said, “I think in hindsight, we could have done a couple of things a little differently with communication.” She added the administration was worried that want to send that message.
who meet and don’t meet the Department and we put together this challenge program as a way to deal with some of this desire to continue your higher education the class of accepted freshmen. spend funds promoting the program, she added.
did not meet the 2.5 GPA requirement for admission, said, “It was my only way into college,” adding that it was a great opportunity for him. fun,” he said. “Being with all the people and everything, meeting new people - it was a good time.” ography, philosophy and sociology. He said he didn’t use CASA as much as he should have. “It kind of screwed me over in the process. … I’m the kind of person that will put it off until the last minute and not get it done at all.” community college and living at home. “I he said. “It’s a great school.”
By Samantha Rawson EDITORIAL STAFF
In addition to the 67 students in Pathways, this year FSU welcomed the largest incoming class in the school’s history. Conley said that over 900 freshmen and more than 400 transfers started on campus last semester. Conley also said there were “90 or so” non-matriculated students - students only taking one or two who are not attending FSU full time, as opposed to matriculated students, who are enrolled in degree programs and attend FSU full time. At the Sept. 24 Board of Trustees meeting, Admissions Dean Spencer announced that at that time there were 924 freshmen and 433 transfer students. Spencer also announced that the average SAT score for the incoming class was 1022, up last year from in scores from Pathways students. Conley said, “I’ve heard from
grade-point averages and SAT scores are coming in higher, which is always good. And I’m just heara very good, engaged class.” the students in the freshman class were from out of state. Admissions received 6,261 applications for the 2011 fall semester transfer students. In addition, said Conley, 140 students who previout reapplied, and 100 were readmitted. Conley said the numlast year. Jane Decatur, director of international education, said that there are 21 new international students students, she said. major and a commuter, said she didn’t notice there were more peoogy major, said, “They admitted way too many people, and if you need proof of that, go to the Dining Commons during dinner.”
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