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November 3, 2017

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St. Louis Community College at Forest Park

No. 1 Archers aim for national tournament

College may cut 70 faculty members

By Timothy Bold The Scene staff

By Joshua Phelps and Timothy Bold The Scene staff

The St. Louis Community College men’s soccer team is one game away from reaching the NJCAA Division I tournament for the first time since 1989. With a hard-fought 2-1 win over Jefferson College of Hillsboro on Oct. 28 at Florissant Valley, the unbeaten Archers extended their winning streak to 21 games and maintained the No. 1 ranking in the country. Schoolcraft of Livonia, Mich., is the only other remaining unbeaten team in Livornese the country. The Archers, among 24 teams still alive, will play Illinois Central College at 1 p.m. Nov. 4 at Florissant Valley for the Central District championship. McArthur The winner will advance to the nationals at Prescott, Ariz., on Nov. 13-18. STLCC earned the Region 16 finals berth against Jefferson College with an 8-0 win Oct. 21 over MCC-Blue River of Independence, Mo., and a 2-1 victory Oct. 24 over Crowder College of Neosho, Mo. In a tense battle on a frigid afternoon, the Archers broke a 1-1 tie against Jefferson College in the 54th minute on a header by freshman Savino Livornese on Conor McArthur’s free-kick assist. Goalkeeper Braedan Passalis faced three shots and improved to 20-0. In the Region 16 semifinals against Crowder, Chris Eduardo broke a 1-1 tie in the 73rd minute on a setup by Livornese. Passalis faced only two shots on goal. In the quarterfinals, Eduardo and Dyan Chapa each had two goals in the rout over MCC-Blue River. “I don’t want to hear about our success right now. Anything can happen on any given day,” coach Tim Mosby said after the win over unranked Jefferson College — the Archers’ second Region 16 tournament title in a row.

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SEIU representative Dominique Sanders leads a group of students and adjuncts in a protest on the Meramec campus on Oct. 23, calling for better pay and job security in a union contract.

Controversy heats up with adjunct arrest, student protest had advised against it. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that Taylor received a “notification of no It’s a situation of he-said, she-said trespass” from the college and he assumed between St. Louis Community College that meant he was fired, but a college spokeswoman told the newspaper he was and adjunct professor Steve Taylor. Taylor, a union activist, and his support- still employed. “We can’t talk about this because ers say he was simply voicing his opinion it’s a personnel at an STLCC board issue,” Chancellor meeting when a Jeff Pittman told college police offi“Police are out of control. The Scene. “We cer tackled, handcuffed, injured and They are attacking professors have to stand by our statement.” arrested him on Oct. 19. at board meetings. They are “I was ‘No contract, approached and attacking people on the streets. no peace’ grabbed from STLCC’s adjunct behind,” Taylor And for the community college faculty voted to said. “No one introunionize in the fall duced themselves not to react to that and not of 2015 and started as law enforcement contract negotiato me until I was on come to the professor’s side, I tions in the spring the ground.” of 2016. However, The college had think that’s outrageous.” an agreement hasn’t a different interprebeen reached, mosttation. A statement – Adjunct Brett Williams ly due to job securiemailed on Oct. 20 ty and pay issues. said Taylor disruptTempers flared ed the board meetOct. 23, when nearly 40 students and ing, refused to leave when asked to do so adjuncts marched with signs on the and charged toward a table where board Meramec campus. They chanted, “If we members and the chancellor were sitting. don’t get it, shut it down,” and “No con“College police responded by restrain- tract, no peace,” prompting drivers on Big ing the individual before he reached the Bend Road to honk their horns in support. table,” the statement read. “The individual Protesters marched to the administrawas subsequently arrested by St. Louis tion office with a giant report card giving Metropolitan Police.” Pittman an “F” for commitment to stuBefore the meeting, Taylor taught dents and faculty and an “A” for prioritizmath on the Wildwood campus. He also ing buildings over people. was a member of Service Employees At one point, students faced off with International Union and its adjunct bar- Meramec Provost Carol Lupardus, who gaining committee. told them, “The adjuncts are currently in In a telephone interview with The negotiations with the district.” Scene on Oct. 24, Taylor declined to Students then drowned out her words discuss his job status, saying his attorney

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St. Louis Community College is considering an 18 percent reduction in the number of full-time faculty to help with its budget problems. That could result in about 70 employees (out of 397) losing their jobs on four campuses. Rob Hertel, president of the STLCC National Education Association, which represents full-time faculty, broke the news at union meetings on Oct. 27 on the Meramec cam- Hertel pus and Nov. 1 on the Florissant Valley campus. “We don’t feel a reduction in force is in the best interest of the students,” he told The Scene later. “Full-time Pittman faculty are the most committed and available for the (education) of students.” Chancellor Jeff Pittman verified that the 18 percent reduction is being considered by STLCC administration. He blamed the college’s budget shortfall mostly on a 9 percent cut in state funding for higher education. “When we looked at a three-year projection with anticipated increases and operating costs, by 2020 that would put us down almost $12.9 million,” he said. “We just realized that we had to make a course correction to our budget.” Declining enrollments in recent years played a part in the budget shortfall, Pittman said, although those seem to have stabilized recently. Talk of an STLCC budget crisis is nothing new. Earlier this year, the college offered voluntary buyouts to 529 eligible full-time employees, including faculty and staff. Some 117 accepted them. This week, Forest Park students expressed concerns about continued reductions in faculty. “I think it’s wrong because you’re taking away someone’s career, and I’m going into the educational field,” said education major Brian Hostkins, 24, who is worried about his own future employment as a teacher.

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STLCC defender Chad Abrams (12) battles MCC-Blue River’s Toby Preyer for possession in the Regional 16 quarterfinal game at Florissant Valley on Oct. 21.

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General transfer student Shqipron Abazi, 17, said cuts in faculty puts more stress on those left behind and leads to lower quality education. Baking and pastry arts major Chrystal Richards, 33, feels that one of STLCC’s strengths is its excellent faculty members, who have the “wow” factor. “The faculty helped me out on a lot of things I didn’t understand,” she said. The proposal for faculty reductions didn’t surprise T.L. Frison, assistant biology professor at Forest Park, who’s near the top of the senority list. “Once the economy got better, then the enrollment started going down,” he said. “Something has to happen. Somebody has to be let go. It’s evolution, looking at it from a biology perspective. You have to go with the programs that are doing well with enrollment.” Frison also said campuses have duplicates of the same programs and that eats up resources. Hertel, who teaches in the Forest Park hospitality studies program, said fulltime faculty will meet again in November to discuss possible alternatives to the college’s budget-cutting proposals. “We think that through typical attrition, we could reduce the number (of layoffs) so there would not be a reduction in force,” he said.


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Chapa added: “I feel like the difference take care of business during regulation.” in that was they had nothing to lose, and STLCC seems poised for the challenge, we had everything to lose.” In a game Sept. with players feeling good about its chances 19, the Archers domithis weekend. Eduardo nated Jefferson in a 4-0 called the team’s pracvictory. tice on Halloween Unranked Illinois “amazing — the best Central College of East by far this season. Peoria (10-7-2) pulled Everyone looked crisp off a major upset in the and ready to play.” Region 24 final Oct. Freshman Chapa 28, defeating No. 18 agreed, saying, “we Parkland College of looked sharp, cleanMosby Champaign, Ill., in a Chapa ing up some things 7-6 shootout that like passing, keepbroke a 0-0 tie. A ing possession and “I don’t want to hear year ago, Parkland distributing when defeated the No. 8 needed to our wingabout our success right Archers 3-1 in the ers.” Central District McArthur, the now. Anything can hapchampionships. freshman midfieldEduardo, a sophoer who set up the pen on any given day.” more co-captain who game-winner over has 11 goals this seaJefferson, leads the – STLCC coach Tim Mosby son, said, “I’m buzzteam with 18 goals ing and pumped for and 12 assists. Saturday.” Chapa called Referring to Illinois Central’s overtime McArthur “a finisher from head to toe.” victories in both the semifinals and finals, Along with the Archers, Mosby is makEduardo said, “We can’t let the (champi- ing his first run at winning a national onship) game get to that point. We have to championship.


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STLCC’s Chris Eduardo converts a penalty shot, the fifth goal of the game, against MCC-Blue River on Oct. 21. The game was the quarterfinal of the Region 16 tournament.

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by yelling, “That’s outrageous,” “I don’t want any sound bites from you,” and “Stand with us.” Lupardus was led away by a college police officer. “If we don’t have faculty, then we have no programs because of lack of students,” said adjunct supporter Corey Anderson, 27, a music education major. “They need stability. That’s why I’m here for my instructors.” Taylor didn’t participate in the march, but Forest Park art professor Brett Williams did. He’s an Gee adjunct and member of the SEIU bargaining committee. Williams also attended the board meeting where Taylor was arrested. He said Taylor didn’t charge toward the board, but that police tripped him, causing him to fall. Williams described the action as “police brutality” and compared it to treatment of Black Lives Matter supporters in recent years. “Police are out of control,” he said. “They are attacking professors at board meetings. They are attacking people on the streets. And for the community college not to react to that and not come to the professor’s side, I think that’s outrageous.”

Meeting video captures chaos

STLCC released a video excerpt from the board meeting, which took place at the college’s Cosand Center. Acting Chairman Rodney Gee told the crowd that speakers during the public-comment period would have two minutes and that applause was prohibited. But some people clapped for Meramec faculty

member Sandra Brady anyway. Taylor objected to Gee’s rules from the back of the room. The chairman told him to leave then asked police to remove him. Taylor walked up the aisle toward the board table, and as a police officer grabbed him from behind, he kept moving and hit the floor. People in the crowd could be heard yelling, “What are you doing? Let him go,” “First Amendment” and “That is beyond the pale.” Taylor Two other people were escorted out of the meeting on Gee’s request. “(Taylor) became disruptive,” said Kedra Tolson, STLCC’s executive director of marketing and communications. “At the beginning of the meeting, Acting Chairman Rodney Gee laid out some ground rules for the public-comment portion of the meeting. He did say that, ‘If you become disruptive, you will be asked to leave.’ And that is exactly what happened. Mr. Taylor was signed up to speak. He spoke out of turn and spoke loudly.” Taylor was taken to the hospital after being removed. He said he suffered a concussion, bruising, rib fractures and contusions on his arms and legs. Taylor said he didn’t intend to cause a scene at the meeting, but he objected to the board allowing applause for the administration, but not students and faculty. “It’s very draconian,” he said. “When one side can clap and another cannot, that’s manufacturing consent. It’s a suppression of speech.” Tolson said the meeting returned to normal order after Taylor was removed.


College police are shown handcuffing and arresting Wildwood adjunct professor Steve Taylor at an STLCC board meeting on Oct. 19 in this screenshot taken from video.

Contract talks continue

The college and adjunct bargaining committees met on Oct. 24, according to SEIU Organizing Coordinator Stacie Manuel, but neither released details of what happened. The Meramec march wasn’t the first SEIU gathering on an STLCC campus. About 20 adjuncts and other supporters held a rally on Sept. 6 in the Forest Park courtyard and chanted their way upstairs to Provost Larry Johnson’s office. Most protesters at Meramec focused on the need for an adjunct contract. Engineering major Emma Goldman, 23, said some adjuncts have to work multiple jobs to make ends meet. “How can we condone treating people who work hard like that?” she asked.

A few protesters spoke out about Taylor. General transfer student Katherine Johnson, 29, who attended the Oct. 19 board meeting, said he didn’t charge toward the front. Manuel said Taylor’s arrest won’t have a chilling effect on adjuncts and probably will motivate them to try even harder to get their message across. “The more people that speak out, the more treatment like this from the administration won’t be tolerated,” she said. “Speaking out is what’s going to win them the fair contract they deserve.” “They’re trying to intimidate us, and we won’t be intimidated,” Williams added. STLCC’s statement on Oct. 20 ended by explaining why people must follow instructions if they want to speak at board meetings and expressed regret for the recent chaos.

Adjunct union timeline AUG. 18, 2015

SEIU distributes literature at adjunct orientation

APRIL 2, 2016

OCT. 19, 2017

Union-college negotiations begin

OCT. 24, 2017

Adjunct professor Steve Taylor arrested at board meeting

Union, college hold negotiation session


Adjuncts start attending STLCC board meetings

STLCC board votes to allow adjuncts and SEIU reps to conduct organizing efforts on campuses

OCT. 31, 2015

Adjuncts vote to unionize

SEPT. 6, 2017

Adjunct rally held at Forest Park

OCT. 23, 2017

Adjuncts and students march at Meramec

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March on St. Louis Community College students and adjunct faculty members in the Service Employees International Union marched on the Meramec campus Oct. 23. They were asking the college to negotiate a fair contract with job security and better pay for adjuncts, who voted to unionize in 2015.

Nearly 40 students and adjunct faculty members carry signs along Big Bend Road.

Brett Williams, adjunct art professor at Forest Park and member of the SEIU negotiating team, addresses students and union members.

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An SEIU representative leads protesters along Big Bend Road.

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One sign was a report card giving STLCC Chancellor Jeff Pittman an “F� for commitment to students.

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A student carries a sign demanding a fair contract for adjunct faculty members.

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campus Chatter What city would you like to visit? By Timothy Bold Alex Cleveland, 18, culinary arts

Leanna Ray, 20, general transfer

“Paris. It’s the cooking Mecca of the world. Most of the Western cooking influence comes from there.”

“New York City. It’s a huge city with a fashion statement.”

Ralph Woolard, 26, engineering “Patagonia, Argentina. I want to go there for the winter and rockclimb and enjoy the mountains.”

Brenda Bell-Foster, math secretary

Abku Pearson, 20, general transfer

Javahin Stith, 19, communications

“San Diego. I’m ready to move to warm weather.”

“Sedona, Arizona. It was one of the most peaceful, fun and breathtaking places I visited when I was a kid.”

“Los Angeles. I’d like to go to a Lakers game and Venice Beach.”

Jimmy Richmond, 18, general transfer

Juan Contreras, 18, automotive

Ann Brewer, 39, accounting

“Los Angeles. To take advantage of everything it has to offer and to become wealthy.”

“San Juan, Puerto Rico. The city’s so beautiful, and it has a castle. The night life is very active and cool.”

“San Juan, Puerto Rico. I love the architecture, and I want to try the amazing food.”

Shondra Quinn, 51, human services

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Calev Utter, 18, general transfer

“New York City. For the different ethnic and cultural backgrounds of people.”

“Dallas. It has my favorite football team, and it’s a very vibrant city.”

“Seattle. It’s my type of place with the weather, coffee and people.”

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