Jamie Haas

Provost speaks at SGA Town Hall

On Tuesday, Oct. 24, SGA hosted the academic year’s first Town Hall in Farmer Hall’s meeting room. The night featured two speakers: UM’s new provost, Dr. James McDonald and Library Director Charlotte Ford. McDonald spoke first and proposed four potential initiatives he believes would improve the University through the point-of-view of recruitment, retention and timely graduation. The first suggestion McDonald made was that of an improved first year experience. The provost emphasized not only assimilating students into the University, but orienting them toward their specific college. “We want students in the department of social sciences to learn what it means to think like a social scientist,” said McDonald. He informed the room that the faculty senate is currently working on a program to address those needs, as well as others, such as teaching incoming students other necessary college skills like time management and studying. The second initiative McDonald proposed was the integration of more engaged learning experiences, which he defined as instances of deep, profound learning. These experiences could take the form of semester-long projects that apply problem solving and creative thinking to real-world problems. McDonald said these significant projects would ideally be put into students’ portfolios.   The third suggested improvement involved international outreach. McDonald is seeking to diversify UM’s campus, and believes he has the connections to do so. Having worked with students in China, South Korea...

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Opinion: campus accessibility in need of improvement

During the spring semester of 2016, the SGA Senate voted in favor of a resolution to support implementing a $50 housing and residence facilities maintenance fee. Once enacted, the money collected from that fee was to be put into a fund designated in its entirety toward building an elevator in Napier Hall. Within the resolution, it was stated that only after the elevator was completed could the collected funds then be put toward other on-campus projects. However, now that approximately $250,000 has been accrued, its initial purpose of funding a Napier elevator has been called into question.   Currently, the SGA Senate and Executive Cabinet are discussing whether or not to uphold the resolution’s original promise and are split about 50/50 on the decision. However, official action to divert the funding elsewhere isn’t likely to be taken if the student body expresses a strong desire to maintain the integrity of the 2016 resolution. That is to say, if we want an elevator built in Napier Hall, then we as students need to speak up in support of using the collected funds for that purpose.   Those in opposition to keeping the resolution as is have expressed a number of reasons why they believe utilizing the money elsewhere would be the best decision for UM. I think that not only do the benefits of the elevator outweigh any proposed costs,...

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Strong Hall opens doors for coms department

Donors and University officials celebrated Strong Hall’s opening with a ceremonial ribbon cutting. Photo courtesy of University Relations Wednesday, Sept. 6, marked the observation of a monumental event for the Department of Communication at UM: the Strong Hall Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. Although the project first broke ground in April 2017, Strong Hall has been an enterprise more than a decade in the making, and its completion has allowed the communication and mass communication programs to be housed under the same roof for the first time at UM. According to Steve Peters, dean of the College of Fine Arts, a...

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10 tips for getting and keeping an internship

With deadlines approaching, many students may find themselves frantically putting together resumes and cover letters in hopes of landing the perfect summer job or internship. Here are a few things to remember when presenting yourself as a potential employee. Brush up on your interview skills: steady eye contact and a firm handshake can help you stand out. The Career Development Center located on the second floor of Farmer Hall offers mock interview practice and can aid you in pinpointing areas that need improvement. Have four to five anecdotes pertaining to different experiences rehearsed and ready to use when answering...

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Review: “Wild World”

Photo courtesy of Rolling Stone. They’re back. Three long years following the release of their first studio album, “Bad Blood,” Bastille has returned with their second: “Wild World.” It’s safe to say, though, that this album was worth the wait. The 19 tracks of “Wild World” have a sound highly reminiscent of the electro-indie pop genre that Bastille fans are accustomed to, but the band has definitely begun to experiment.The songs differ stylistically from one another far more than in the last album, which is refreshing because a common critique of their past work is that songs ran together...

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