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Fall Issue 1

September 22, 2017

St. Louis Community College at Forest Park

Football Fans See page 3

Remembering 9-11 See page 4-5

Cafeteria Follies See page 6

Forest Park reacts to Stockley verdict By Joshua Phelps and Timothy Bold The Scene staff Forest Park nursing student Jasmine Townsend believes former St. Louis police officer Jason Stockley should have been found guilty of murder last week. “The judge made a complete wrong call,” she said. “He didn’t think of the victim.” Townsend, 21, supported protesters who took to the streets on Sept. 15 after Circuit Judge Timothy Wilson found Stockley, who is white, not guilty of murdering a black man after a high-speed Townsend chase. Most of the daytime protests were peaceful, but they turned violent after dark. Vandals damaged the home of St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson in the Central West End and broke windows of businesses downtown and on the Delmar Loop. Scores were arrested, and several police officers were injured. “I understand the need to let our governmental system of Missouri know that this is wrong,” said Townsend, who is black. “This wasn’t done right. Something needs to be changed. Somebody needs to take order. Someone needs to call (out) these cops that are doing things wrong. They need to show them that this won’t be stood for.” Townsend is one of several Forest Park students and staff who weighed in on the verdict and subsequent protests.

General studies student Gwen Neuwirth, 27, who is white, said police officers across the country need more accountability and shouldn’t get away with so much brutality, particularly against black people. “It’s going to continue to happen,” she said. “It’s just natural human nature. If you push the boundaries and you don’t get pushed back, you’re going to keep on going. I think peaceful protests are always good.” The Stockley case dates back to 2011, when he and his partner chased a vehicle driven by 24-year-old Neuwirth Anthony Lamar Smith, a drug suspect, who crashed into another vehicle before Stockley shot him dead. Stockley later was arrested and charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action. Prosecutors maintained that he executed Smith and planted a gun. Stockley waived his right to a jury trial, and Wilson ruled that prosecutors didn’t provide enough evidence to support their claims. In a Sept. 15 email, St. Louis Community College Chancellor Jeff Pittman assured students, faculty and staff that the college was committed to providing a safe and welcoming learning environment. He offered support to those in need through the college’s Student Assistance Program and Counseling Services.

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Protestors gather outside the Civil Courts Building in downtown St. Louis after a judge acquitted former St. Louis police officer Jason Stockley on Sept. 15.

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Provost Larry Johnson, left, listens to adjunct faculty members Brett Williams, Steve Taylor and Steven Thomas in his office after a union rally in the courtyard on Sept. 6.

Adjunct faculty hold union rally on campus

Contract negotiations at an “impasse”

and they refuse to budge on anything.” More than 800 adjuncts (part-time faculty members) work on STLCC’s four campuses – Forest Park, Meramec, Florissant Valley and By Joshua Phelps Wildwood. They voted 188 to 15 to unionize with Service Employees International Union The Scene staff Adjunct faculty members rallied on the Local 1 on Oct. 31, 2015. Union representatives and college offiForest Park campus this month, upset that they still don’t have a union contract after cials began negotiating in May of 2016 and more than a year of negotiations with St. have met 22 times, said Stacey Manuel, Local 1 organizing coordinator for higher Louis Community College. About 20 adjuncts, students and other education. “It is taking a very supporters carried long time,” said Kathy signs and listened to “I think (college Ratino, an adjunct speakers on a windy in communications day in the courtyard. officials are) not at Forest Park, who After the rally, they bargaining fairly with attended the rally. marched upstairs “We’re anxious to get it us. We voted in a union to Provost Larry wrapped up. (The curJohnson’s office, over a year ago. We’re rent set of agreed-upchanting “When on issues) is not what in our second year of adjuncts’ lives are looking for. under attack, what contract negotiations, we’re “We’re looking for do we do? Stand up, job security. That’s and they refuse to fight back!” not in the contract Campus police budge on anything.” yet. We’re looking for asked chanters to - Union negotiator Brett Williams better pay. That’s not lower their voices in the contract yet. when they got inside We’ve not had raises the building. Johnson for a long time when met with them for about five minutes. “I think (college officials are) not bar- other parts of the college have gotten their gaining fairly with us,” said union com- raises. We feel like it’s just what’s fair.” The college’s representative is Robert mittee member Brett Williams, an adjunct Thumith, director of employee and in art at Forest Park, during the rally. “We voted in a union over a year ago. We’re in labor relations, who also is an adjunct at our second year of contract negotiations, Lindenwood University. He said it was inappropriate for him to comment on the rally because it’s not part of the negotiating process. Watch the video at College and union representatives last

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WHAT’S your favorite Football team? By Timothy Bold

Marcus Bankhead, 18, funeral services “The Dallas Cowboys. They have all-pro running back Ezekiel Elliott from St. Louis. It’s a young team with lots of potential to become a great team.”

Dwayne Randolph, 19, general studies “My squad will always be the Rams, even though they moved to Los Angeles. I love watching Todd Gurley run the ball between tackles.”

Hasani Crosby, 19, human services “The New England Patriots because they have Tom Brady as quarterback. He does whatever it takes to win football games.”

Cory Proffitt, 27, general studies “It has to be the Denver Broncos. My dad lives in Denver and takes me to football games every season.”

Barbara Brown, 54, culinary arts “My favorite team has been the Pittsburgh Steelers ever since my childhood, when they were the ‘Steel Curtain’ (with ‘Mean’ Joe Greene, L.C. Greenwood, Ernie Holmes and Dwight White).”

Peter Howard, 48, general studies “The Green Bay Packers. I love watching their offense (Aaron Rodgers) and defense (Clay Matthews). It’s a frantic style of play.”

Bryce Davis, 22, network engineering “The Kansas City Chiefs, my dad’s favorite team. We watch their games, and I’m loving the rookie quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who has a cannon for an arm.”

Jerome Jeffries, 48, dental tech secretary “The Oakland Raiders. They always had the mean and tough players that other teams wouldn’t accept. The Oakland Coliseum is a very intimidating place to play with crazy fans.”

Johan Easton, 22, general studies “It’s Arsenal F.C. I’ve been watching them play since childhood. Thierry Henry is my favorite player of all time. That’s how I developed my skills in football.”

Paul Imoni, 37, nursing “The other football, and my favorite team is Chelsea F.C. Their uniforms are blue, which is my favorite color, and formation 3-4-3 is an attacking style system.”

Dorian Brown, history professor “I’m from Cincinnati, so it’s my hometown team, the Bengals. My father is a season ticket holder, so I get to see them in action.”

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Tim Fisher, 18, mass communications “My favorite college team is the LSU Tigers. Patrick Peterson played cornerback, and I always looked up to him, playing the same position in high school.”

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A Day in the Life

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General studies student Christian Harris, 19, enjoys the nice weather while studying under an umbrella in the Forest Park courtyard.

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State Sen. Jacob Hummel, D-St. Louis, speaks at a Sept. 7 town hall meeting in the Highlander Lounge.

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Top center, Forest Park police officer James Kenner, right, is joined by the Gateway STEM High School ROTC unit as part of a 9/11 memorial ceremony in th courtyard; middle, Stacy Edwards, manager of the William J. Harrison Center and Community Outreach, was one of the speakers; and above, members of the ROTC unit stand at attention.

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e at Forest Park

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Student Asiah Wadlow scratches a design on a handmade clay cup during Ceramics I class.


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Art student Kathy Guo, a former Chinese badminton pro, paints a still life during open studio time in Room F-415.


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Academic Support Center Manager Cynthia Jenkins, right, tells students Sadiya Ali, left, and Delia Alshawai about the center’s services during an ice cream social in D-Tower.

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News Verdict “District and campus leadership will Armstrong, who is black, was disappointwork together to provide forums for dis- ed by the verdict. “First word that comes to mind is cussion and feedback on this verdict and its larger meaning for the region,” ‘ridiculous,’” he said. “There was too he wrote. “In the past, these ‘listening much video not to convict Stockley. The protesting is justified circles’ have allowed because they have the our faculty, staff and right to voice their opinstudents to model civilions peacefully.” ity, respect, empathy, Network engineerunderstanding and calm ing major Zacchaeus while discussing tough Windham, 21, who is issues.” black, said the “unfair” In another email, verdict was just one STLCC instructed more example of police employees at its disgetting away with murtrict offices near Busch Ware Fry der. Stadium to work at a “I believe there’s no campus location on justice for black peoSept. 18, the third ple,” he said. “I think day of protests, which the protest is legitimate, involved thousands of and they need to continpeople. ue until results happen. “The Jason Stockley I don’t believe in the verdict has elicited justice system.” some demonstrations Health and informadetrimental to the safeWindham tion technology major ty of the employees at Armstrong Tricia Fry, 47, who is the Cosand Center,” the white, didn’t watch much news about the email stated. Forest Park police said no incidents verdict or protests. But she said her anatomy classes have related to the verdict were reported on taught her that human beings are all basicampus. African American Male Initiative cally the same, regardless of race. “There’s so few differences that it’s Director Keith Ware, who is black, said he wasn’t surprised by the verdict, even almost hard to count them,” she said. “We though he thought the evidence against need to come together as people and stop looking for division.” Stockley was strong. “I don’t have an issue with protests if you want to get things done,” he said. “It can’t go four days and be forgotten if you At right, a woman holds a sign at a have no goals. Things systematically need protest in downtown St. Louis after to change.” the Stockley verdict was handed Upward Bound TRiO tutor Herman down on Sept. 15.

Too Human

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By Micah Caldwell

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Adjuncts, students and other union supporters rally for better wages and job security in the Forest Park courtyard.


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met on Sept. 8, two days after the rally. adjunct in math on the Wildwood campus; Thurmith said the two sides are at an Steven Thomas, an adjunct in music at “impasse.” Forest Park; and Williams. “We tried as hard as we can to reach an Another article, titled “Crisis in the agreement, but we can’t,” he said in a Sept. classroom,” argues that adjuncts with mas20 interview with The Scene. ter’s degrees earn “what amounts to a pay Thumith said under state and federal law, rate of $10 per hour” and don’t get health there is no obligation for the college and insurance. Many don’t have offices. union to reach an “College agreement. and university “The duty is to administrators collectively barwill say there gain and negois only so much tiate,” he said. federal, state “You can actualand student loan ly have a union money to fund and not have an education, but agreement.” despite their Thumith also cries of povertalked about ty, the number College negotiator Robert Thumith STLCC’s finanof high-paid cial problems. administrators The college is and costly new facing a $5 million reduction in core building projects continues to grow,” the state funding because of a 9 percent cut article states. to the Missouri higher education budget, “It appears that everyone is doing rather Chancellor Jeff Pittman said recently. well, other than those in the classroom, “It affects everybody’s pay across the specifically the student who is likely to board – full time, part time – in terms of incur debt and the growing ranks of the the ability of the college to fund any kind adjunct professors, who receive substanof pay raises,” Thumith said. dard wages.” Union representatives distributed the first Thumith disagrees with this characteriissue of a newsletter called the “Adjunct zation. He said STLCC is competitive with Advocate” around the Forest Park campus other community colleges on adjunct pay in mid-August. and that its adjuncts earn up to $1,000 per One article maintains that Pittman credit hour, nearly $150 more than the going refused a meeting with Steve Taylor, an rate at St. Charles Community College. “It’s not that we wish any particular group of employees ill will,” he said. “It’s what’s affordable, sustainable and what’s

“We tried as hard as we can to reach an agreement, but we can’t.”

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Math adjunct Ed Hugill, right, holds a sign during the Service Employees International Union rally on Sept. 6. in the best interest of our students.” The union rally was held from 2 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 6. Speakers included Megan Green, 15th Ward alderwoman for the Tower Grove South neighborhood of St. Louis. Her father was an adjunct at one time. Green said the college is spending money on construction instead of adjunct pay raises. Forest Park is preparing to break ground on a new $39 million allied health center on campus. “Universities and learning facilities need to be setting the standard for things like unionizing,” Green said. “I would hope that the administration would want to set a good example for other businesses and other universities of St. Louis to pay a little bit more.”

Taylor was the next speaker. He stressed the importance of adjuncts, noting that the vast majority of instructors at STLCC are adjuncts. “No longer is it a reality that you get your doctorates, and you go on adjunct for a while, and you’re likely to be hired,” he said. “Professors aren’t being hired anymore. They’re being rented out.” Art major Molly Svoboda, 18, showed up at the rally to support adjuncts. She said her mentor, a Forest Park adjunct, had her only class taken away at the last minute this semester. “She’s still working with me because she has evolved a relationship with me,” Svoboda said. “But it’s really hard to not know if you’re going to work.”

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Above, SEIU representative Jake Walker, right, talks to English adjunct James Clay; at right, union supporters gather on the second floor of the Student Center before meeting with Provost Larry Johnson.

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