The Voice https://buvoice.com The Student News Site of Bloomsburg University Wed, 01 Dec 2021 20:23:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8.2 Women’s Soccer Brings Gold “Holme” https://buvoice.com/4138/sports/womens-soccer-brings-gold-holme/ https://buvoice.com/4138/sports/womens-soccer-brings-gold-holme/#respond Wed, 01 Dec 2021 20:08:57 +0000 https://buvoice.com/?p=4138 Despite the Women’s Soccer PSAC Championship win, and victory vs. Gannon in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament, the Huskies’ season came to an end Saturday, November 20th vs. Concord University, losing 4-0.

Even though the Huskies could not manage to advance to the Third Round of the NCAA Tournament, the 2021 season was still remarkable, especially in their first season back since 2019, due to the pandemic. One athlete in particular, whose athleticism and leadership skills highly benefited Bloomsburg this season was graduate student Natalie Holmes (Laurel, MD).

When asked about the team’s mindset going into the much-anticipated PSAC Championship Game, Holmes remarked, “Playing any team three times in a season is always going to be a challenge. We prepared for Millersville by mainly going over game plans and watching video from our past games to make sure whatever mistakes we made in those games didn’t happen in the championship.”

The environment was tense at Steph Pettit Stadium in the game vs. Millersville, with the title on the line. The game was highly physical, with both teams not holding back their aggressiveness. After nearly ninety minutes of play, the Huskies took over the offensive momentum, and scored their first and only goal of the game, thanks to junior Abby Groff (Sellersville, Pa./Pennridge).

At last, the clock ticked down to zero, and for the first time in four years, Bloomsburg won the PSAC Championship, over Millersville. Following the contest, Holmes was named the tournament MVP, because of her outstanding performance throughout the week. She completed the week with three assists and held down the Huskies defense throughout the game. Additionally, in her final season with the Huskies, Holmes scored six goals, seven assists, and 19 points.

When asked about how it felt to be named the Tournament MVP, she expressed, “Being named the PSAC Tournament MVP was a complete surprise for me. I had no idea that that was going to happen, but I am extremely grateful and so lucky. It truly is a huge honor! I couldn’t do it without my teammates who have pushed me all season and my parents who are my biggest supporters in life!”

After this victory, Bloomsburg advanced to the NCAA Tournament, where they took the victory in OT in the first round over Gannon, 2-1. However, in the second round, the Huskies season ended abruptly, as they fell to Concord 4-0. Bloomsburg ended the season with a 16-5-2 overall record and should be proud of their exceptional accomplishments.

On November 23rd, Natalie Holmes was named to the DII Conference Commissioners Association All-Atlantic Region First Team. This is her third straight all-region honor after also securing the awards in 2019 and 2018.

In regard to this, Holmes remarked, “I felt extremely honored to be named D2CCA All-Atlantic Region First Team! I have been named second team for two years in a row so getting first team for my last season is a really big accomplishment for me. Just seeing who was on the regional teams made me feel very lucky that I was named to the first team, because there are a lot of great players on each team.”

In her final season, Holmes was also named the PSAC East Defensive Player of the Year, attained PSAC East First Team honors, and obtained the CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team.

Over the years, Holmes has made a multitude of memories as a collegiate athlete and has especially enjoyed her final season as a Bloomsburg Husky. Especially after missing her senior season in 2020, Holmes was most grateful for the chance to come back in 2021 and dominate.

She reminisced, “ I have a ton of memories from the 2021 season but my top favorite one has to be winning PSACs. That was one of my goals in coming back, was to win one more PSAC championship with these amazing girls. I’m just so proud of this group and beyond lucky to have been able to go on this journey and see the growth that this team made over the course of this season. I can’t wait to see what they accomplish in the coming seasons!”

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Wrestling looks to Continue Dominant Season https://buvoice.com/4136/sports/wrestling-looks-to-continue-dominant-season/ https://buvoice.com/4136/sports/wrestling-looks-to-continue-dominant-season/#respond Wed, 01 Dec 2021 01:28:13 +0000 https://buvoice.com/?p=4136 The Huskies wrestling squad is off to a hot start to their 2021-2022 winter season, and they look to keep that momentum as they prepare to face Clarion University this Wednesday.

The team’s season began earlier this month when they participated in the Clarion Open. The Huskies placed 14th overall with 53.5 points behind a 3rd place individual performance by senior Alex Carida (Hackettstown NJ) in the 157-pound bracket.

The Huskies dominated in their first dual meet of the season, winning 57-0 against Shippensburg and 56-0 against King’s College in respective shutout fashion. Some highlights included pinfalls by Cody Harrison (Phillipsburg NJ) in the 165-pound bout and David Tuttle (Steubenville, Ohio) in the 197-pound bout against Shippensburg. Freshman Cade Balestrini (Subury, PA) earned a tech fall in his 149-pound match after going up 21-3 against his opponent from King’s College. Carida followed with a quick fall just one minute into his matchup.

After going 2-0, the Huskies traveled to Annapolis, Maryland to compete in the Navy Classic on November 21st. The team finished 10th overall behind a 4th place finish from Shane Noonan (Hazleton, PA) in the 285-pound bracket and a 6th place finish from Balestrini in the 149-pound bracket.

This past weekend, the Huskies placed 18th at the Mat-Town Open I Tournament in Lock Haven, PA, capping off a strong season thus far. They now set their sights on the Clarion Golden Eagles, who hold a 2-1 record on the year. The Huskies will look to keep their momentum going as they travel to Clarion University on Wednesday for that matchup, which will take place at 7:00 pm. You can tune in via livestream on the Bloomsburg University Athletics website to support.

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Excused Absence for Mental Health https://buvoice.com/4134/news/excused-absence-for-mental-health/ https://buvoice.com/4134/news/excused-absence-for-mental-health/#respond Tue, 30 Nov 2021 23:19:06 +0000 https://buvoice.com/?p=4134 Some professors at Bloomsburg University are considering adjusting their longstanding attendance policies due to mental health, and menstruation as well as Covid-19.

There are many Bloomsburg University professors who use the University’s excused/unexcused attendance policy. Then there are others who use the University’s policy as well as give their own policy, or no policy at all.

Dr. Anne Stuart has recently been reconsidering her policy with absences becoming more frequent. Stuart currently upholds the University’s policy. Mental health is one of Stuart’s main reasons for revising her policy due to the increasing stress/pressure student’s find themselves under. Stuart also mentioned that as long as she is kept in the loop about absences for mental health and periods, a plan can be worked out and unexcused absences will decrease.

Professor Jerry Wemple explained that he has an attendance policy but has been flexible due to Covid. If he is notified by a student who is dealing with a mental health decrease, he references resources that the students can look into for help.

Jennifer LaBar, an early childhood education major, has never been diagnosed with any mental illness, but like anyone else still has days that are worse than others. For her she has never personally needed to take an absence for her mental health nor a period. Most of her professors have given a specific number of days that could go unexcused and then you would need to have notes to have an excused absent.

“I find this ridiculous. Sure, there will be some days where students just don’t want to go to class, but if it is more than one or two times, there has to be something wrong,” LaBar stated in her interview.

Then there are students like Abby Pero, majoring in Secondary Education English and minoring in Spanish, and Meg Yamrich, majoring in English with a creative writing focus, who both suffer from diagnosed mental illnesses.

Pero has been diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, and PTSD as well as suffers from very intense periods. Before she received an IUD, intrauterine device, and was given the correct medication, her illness and periods were the main reasons for her missing classes. Until June of this year she went undiagnosed, which would cause for no notes for her absences.

Yamrich has been diagnosed with anxiety and depression which, even with medication, still causes days where she can’t attend class. Some of her professors have excused her absences and others have not.

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Northeast Integration Livestream Recap https://buvoice.com/4132/news/northeast-integration-livestream-recap/ https://buvoice.com/4132/news/northeast-integration-livestream-recap/#respond Tue, 30 Nov 2021 23:17:10 +0000 https://buvoice.com/?p=4132 Student media organizations from Bloomsburg and Mansfield teamed up to create a livestream conversation regarding the integration of Bloomsburg University, Mansfield University, and Lock Haven University.

The livestream was made up of panelists who all have a hand in what is to come with the new integration.

These panelists included campus administrators, state representatives, faculty and staff leadership, and athletic departments and student life.

Many questions were answered about the future of these three universities.

Campus Administrators

The panelist for the Campus Administrators section included Dr. Jamie Martin, APSCUF President, Dr. Diana Rogers-Adkinson, Provost of Bloomsburg, Dr. Ron Darbeau, Provost of Lock Haven, and Dr. John Ulrich, Provost of Mansfield.

The moderators included students journalists Aaron Sudia Boivin with BUNow, and Sarah Hart with The Flashlight.

Bloomsburg, Mansfield, and Lock Haven will all be able to keep their own identities moving forward.  Dr. Diana Rogers-Adkinson said that all schools will keep their names forward. An example of this could be, “Bloomsburg Northeast,” or the respected name that gets chosen for the title of the integrated university.

All schools will keep their mascots, and Adkinson said they are working closely with the NCAA regarding keeping all colors of team sports the same to the respected university.

One of the biggest questions of the livestream regarded the recent decision to pull majors from the new program array.

ASPCUF President Jamie Martin said, “We were disappointed to see program array and the way in which it’s limiting opportunities or lamenting the number of programs that will be available to students.”

Adkinson then went on to say, “I’d like to talk about the perception that we have eliminated programs in the northeast. There are six programs we did not include in the array. I met individually with each of those departments and let them know those were areas in which we needed additional data and information to be able to understand their role in the array.”

The lack of transparency with this program array has many faculty feeling like they’re being pushed out the door.

Adkinson went on the answer this. When Adkinson called the department chairs, they were told that their programs were not being put into moratorium and that this was a new decision that they were exploring.

There is still an opportunity for these programs to continue in the array if they can find a way to make sure that enrollment trends can be changed.

BU severed their relationship with the Greek life system while Lock Haven and Mansfield both have Greek Life. The answer was simple. Each university will carry on their respected policies with Greek Life.

“The status will maintain currently as it is for each of the three campuses. BU at this time continues to not want to reengage yet with Greek Life given some of the concerns that have come forward over the past few years,” Adkinson  said.

Mansfield and Lock Haven will continue with Greek Life, and BU’s Greek Life will stay as it is.

Throughout all three universities, Adkinson said it’s important to ensure that all students have the same opportunities.

The student then has the opportunity to pick between a small, medium, or larger campus catered more toward what they prefer, but all with the same opportunities.

All prices of tuition will stay the same at BU in the coming Fall semester. Future changes to tuition changes are still to be addressed.

The question on many students’ minds is, “Why is this integration happening?”

Reducing costs was the popular answer among the provosts.

Dr. Ron Barbeau, Provost of Lock Haven said, “It will provide students access to a lot more programs, faculty, and services. The two largest drivers for this integration are more opportunities for students and reducing costs of attendance.”

State Representatives

The panelists for the State Representative Section included State Representative Stephanie Borowicz, 76thDistrict, and State Representative David Millard, 109th District.

The student moderators included Melanie Aikins, Montana Farner, and Madelyn Mertz with The Voice, Aaron Sudia Boivin and Ava Stasen with BUNow, and Sarah Hart with The Flashlight.

The one question that continually lingers is, what is the main reason behind this integration?

Representative Stephanie Borowizc said that enrollment going down was the number one concern. There was also concern of losing higher education in the state system.

When asked about the desired outcome of this integration, as well as drawbacks of it, Representative Millard said, “I think the goal at the end of it is to keep the presence of the university systems. Affordable and accessible is what we want. With enrollment dropping, sometime there is painful decisions that have to be made.”

The drawbacks are the retrenchments.  Early retirement is an option she mentioned, then there are no retrenchments with people that want to stay, Representative Borowicz added.

Ava Stasen posed the question, “What would happen if enrollment would continue to decline in these state schools? What is the next step going forward to keep higher education affordable and accessible in Pennsylvania?”

“I think we have a prime example with Penn State and their satellite campuses. The strongest university, the flagship university, and I don’t mean that demeaning to the others, but obviously Bloom was chosen as the flagship. That would mean the others would be utilized similar to what Penn State does with satellite facilities,” Representative Millard said.

The Representatives both said that they cannot speculate that enrollment will go down.

“Hopefully this (the integration) is used to save the higher education system. It keeps costs down, and it’s for students to be able to afford it,” Representative Borowicz said.

State funding was the next topic to be brought up.

“$25 million was put towards this integration program. I don’t think it necessarily a cost issue. We are fully funding our state systems and then this integration program,” Representative Borowicz said.

When asked about student loans and debts, Representative Borowizc said that that is a personal responsibility.

Faculty and Staff Leadership

The panelist in this section included APSCUF Campus Presidents Dr. Richard Goulet, Lock Haven, Dr. Eric Hawrelak, Bloomsburg, and Dr. Brian Loher, Mansfield. It also included AFSCME Campus Presidents Shawn Makar, Bloomsburg, and Mike Wilson, Mansfield.

The student moderators included Melanie Aikins, Aaron Sudia Boivin, Sarah Hart, and Eliza Nevis.

The first question asked by BUNow’s Aaron Sudia Boivin was, “What was your hand in this process?”

“In terms of the early part of this process, the faculty at LHU were largely against this entire process of consolidation,” APSCUF Campus President Dr. Richard Goulet of LHU said.

He went on to say that the APSCUF union and the majority of faculty expressed an opposition to consolidation. The integration was said to be the only option for financial sustainability.

APSCUF President Dr. Brian Loher of Mansfield said that after the board of governors voted to accept the proposal in April, there was a public comment period. There were hundreds of public comments, and 95% of which were opposed to consolidation.

This integration was going to happen from day one, whether people agreed with it or not.

“We are all trying our best to work with it as it is now and try to make it better for all you folks as we go forward,” Loher said to the student moderators.

Mel Aikins posed the question, “How will faculty and staff devote the same attention that we are currently getting as singular universities, to three universities?”

Dr. Eric Hawrelak, APSCUF President at BU responded, “I think it’s going to be a lot more difficult. We at Bloomsburg are used to a certain number of student and sizes of classes. As you bring in two additional campuses, and bring in all those students, that’s a lot more students we will have to deal with on a daily basis.”

Students will see their class sizes grow making it harder to have a better relationship with professors.

Hawrelak went on to say that most faculty chose the universities they are at because they appreciated the student to faculty ratio that they started with. With this, classes may experience more hybrid types of courses as some students may have to zoom in from the other campuses.

When asked about the cut of some faculty and staff, AFSCME President Shawn Makar of BU said, “There’s a lot of things that we could do that would be helpful to keep costs down.  But unfortunately, when we talk about transparency and we are included in conversations, the conversations we are included in are after the decision are made by the management. Then we are told what’s going to happen, and it’s sad.”

Makar went on to show his appreciation for faculty and staff while AFSCME President Mike Wilson of Mansfield showed his gratitude for all the work secretaries have to do.

The cuts in the program array were also asked to the panelist.

Hawrelak expressed that the legislators, board of government, and chancellor’s office have all let the PASSHE system become a business. They’re seeing a loss in profit, so they cut service. When services get cuts, customers, who are students in this case, become upset and start to leave, so enrollment goes down.

“Education should be an investment, it shouldn’t be run like a business,” Hawrelak said.

AFSCME President Mike Wilson of Mansfield said, “People are getting overworked. The funding needs to be there and it’s not there. That’s what PASSHE was built on: Cheaper education for students. It’s gotten way too high that the funding needs to be there to support the backbone of the university.”

Campus Athletics and Student Life

The panelist on the last section of the livestream included Dr. Michael McFarland, Director of Athletics at BU, Peggy Carl, Director of Athletics ad Mansfield, Dr. Tom Gioglio, Director of Athletics at LHU, Albert Jones, Chief DEI Officer at all three universities, and Austin Boroch, Pride Center Coordinator at Mansfield.

The student moderators included Aaron Sudia Boivin, Josh Evans, Sarah Hart, and Madelyn Mertz.

Each athletic department will be keeping their current array of sport offerings. They will also keep their current NCAA membership and their conference affiliation. Each university will keep their identity with their own colors and mascots.

Recruitment will stay the same. For example, Lock Haven recruits against Bloomsburg and Mansfield, and that will continue to stay the same.

The concern amongst parents can be that this integration is the big unknow, Peggy Carl, Director of Athletics at Mansfield said.

The traditions will continue for each respected university athletic department. Bloomsburg students will still be rooting in the stands at a football game against Lock Haven, even as an integrated university.

Albert Jones, Chief DEI Officer at all three universities said with this integration, students will be exposed to different setting that will expand interpersonal relationships. Students can expand their social network and diversify their education experience as all three universities integrate.

Residence Life throughout the three universities plan bring some sessions together to try and create a sense of extended community, Austin Boroch, Pride Center Coordinator at MU said.

“It’s all about student success. That’s what we are going to be doing, making sure they succeed in all their endeavors across all three campuses,” Dr. Tom Giogli, Director of Athletics at LHU, said to end the livestream.

You can watch the full livestream on BUNow’s Facebook.

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BU Philosophy Prof Speaks Out About Majors Being Cut https://buvoice.com/4129/news/bu-philosophy-prof-speaks-out-about-majors-being-cut/ https://buvoice.com/4129/news/bu-philosophy-prof-speaks-out-about-majors-being-cut/#respond Tue, 16 Nov 2021 18:00:03 +0000 https://buvoice.com/?p=4129
Dr. Wendy Lee

A 30-year Bloomsburg professor says she was “blindsided” by news that her department would no longer offer a major.

“I’m dumbfounded, offended, assaulted, and deeply, deeply saddened,” BU philosophy professor, Dr. Wendy Lee said after asked about her initial reaction to the news.

The programs being cut from the “program array,” according to the university, are as follows:

  • BA Anthropology
  • BA Chemistry
  • BA Philosophy
  • BA Physics
  • BS Physics
  • BSEd Business Education
  • Med Business Education

Concentrations:

  • German (within the BA Languages and Cultures program)
  • Science: Physics 7-12 (within the BSEd in Secondary and K-12 Education program)

Faculty from the affected departments learned late Friday they would no longer be offering degrees in their majors.

Philosophy was one major that got the ax by BU administration. The cause being low enrollment, but Dr. Wendy Lee thinks that this is not the only reason.

The provost broke the news in a phone call to department chair Professor Steven Hales, Lee said.

“I don’t think anybody got the dignity of an in person visit which I regard as monumentally cowardly on administration’s part,” Lee went on to say.

The provost explained to Hales that this cut wasn’t about integration at all, it was about low enrollment.

“It’s offensive. It’s just offensive. We’re not stupid,” Lee said regarding the cut not having anything to do with BU’s new integration with Mansfield and Lock Haven. She went on explain why this is “ludicrous” for several reasons.

The first reason Lee stated was that BU doesn’t provide the philosophy department the resources they need to build their department in order to get bigger enrollment.

“Quality of education has never in our history depended on tons and tons of enrollment. Especially for a department that’s already really small. It’s not like we are expensive,” Lee expressed as her second reason.

“If they want more enrollment, they need to give us more people so that we can support more students. But they didn’t, and they’re not going to,” Lee went on to say.

“We’ve got an awesome track record, and we have one of the best publication records and scholarly records on this campus, hands down. But the administration obviously doesn’t care at all,” she said with a hesitant laugh.

Dr. Lee said that she was completely blindsided by this cut. Lee was left in the dark about how the current philosophy students were going to finish out their degrees. With required courses, she is unsure how the students will carry out their studies until graduation.

“The way they (BU Administration) treated coronavirus is symptomatic, it’s a signal, it tells us that the thing that they are most concerned with is revenue, revenue, revenue. Whatever corners have to be cut, risks that have to be taken, mandates that are going to be violated, or departments that have to be trashed… in some sense, I think it’s all part of the same set of intentions: keep the money rolling in,” Lee said.

“We spent our lives as a department building a major. We worked so hard to have it all trashed in a 15-minute phone call,” Lee said through tears. “There’s a really important message in all of this for every other department. That message is this could be you. You are disposable.”

Director of Media Relations, Tom McGuire commented, “No programs have been put in immediate moratorium or closure. Some departments were informed that their program was not placed in the integration array at this time due to the need for addition review and consideration.”

McGuire said, “Each department has also been told that they may propose a future curriculum that addresses current enrollment trends and resources. No students will experience a discontinuation of a current program or be prevented from declaring these majors in Fall 2022. All students starting these programs are guaranteed to finish the program at the BU campus.”

He went on to say, “In addition, at the system level, all 14 campuses are reviewing small programs to determine where collaboration may occur to support continued offerings.”

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BU gives 3 Majors the Ax https://buvoice.com/4125/news/bu-gives-3-majors-the-ax/ https://buvoice.com/4125/news/bu-gives-3-majors-the-ax/#respond Sat, 13 Nov 2021 23:28:38 +0000 https://buvoice.com/?p=4125 Faculty from three departments learned late Friday they would no longer be offering degrees in their majors.

Physics, Philosophy, and Anthropology were given the ax by BU administration. The cause being low enrollment, but Dr. Wendy Lee thinks that this is not the only reason.

Philosophy professor Dr. Wendy Lee wrote a letter to Provost Dr. Rogers-Adkinson in protest of cutting the philosophy major.

Read her letter to the provost here.

The Voice will be continuing to interview faculty in the affected departments about these cuts and will continue to provide updates on this important story.

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Professor Responds to Cut: “What is going on here is wrong. It is shameful.” https://buvoice.com/4122/news/professor-responds-to-cut-what-is-going-on-here-is-wrong-it-is-shameful/ https://buvoice.com/4122/news/professor-responds-to-cut-what-is-going-on-here-is-wrong-it-is-shameful/#comments Sat, 13 Nov 2021 23:08:26 +0000 https://buvoice.com/?p=4122 Philosophy Professor Dr. Wendy Lee wrote a letter to the Provost in protest of BU administration cutting the philosophy major.

She wrote:

Dr. Rogers-Adkinson,

As a thirty year veteran of Bloomsburg University, I can tell you that I have seen many changes — some good, some less so. I have witnessed feast and famine with respect to enrollment. I have seen a blighted parking lot become a quad. I have helped plant memorial trees. I have led protests. I have participated in the lives of my colleagues. I bestowed upon my own son his diploma — in philosophy and psychology. But what I have never seen — and never thought I would see — is an institution so hell-bent on its own short term survival that it resorts to destroying its mission as a university. Yet over the course of many mercenary decisions executed in a fashion callous as well as disingenuous, BU has not only lost its way but sold its proverbial soul.

The dissolution of the philosophy major — along with physics, anthropology, and whatever programs are selected for extinction next — is not, I think, a cause of Bloomsburg’s death as a university, but rather the effect of the decision to value the generation of revenue over education, to bastardize the academic disciplines in the interest of making them commodities for a supply chain. The moment BU administration demoted itself to a counting firm whose single-minded focus is, quite literally, butts in seats — the bell began to toll for departments, faculty, and courses that are the beating heart of any university, namely, the humanities and the sciences. History and English may hobble along without philosophy, but as I am certain their professors will tell you, you have done their disciplines nearly as great a harm as you have done to ours. History without the history of ideas — Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, Kant, Sartre, de Beauvoir, Arendt, and so many others — is inevitably a grey and flattened enterprise. Chemistry and biology without physics — distorted and incomplete. So too, the social sciences without anthropology. I am no doubt partial, but I believe with all my heart that it is philosophy that binds together a university’s core values. Philosophy is a fire that ignites the capacity for critical thinking, for intellectual adventure, and for world-changing ideas.

We are told that the decision to cauterize the philosophy major had nothing to do with the Great Integration, but rather “low enrollment.” This is false. “Low enrollment” is merely a disingenuous strategy to scapegoat the university’s lack of support for the humanities. It is, moreover, no excuse at all to hide behind the decisions of the chancellor. There is a time to say no. This was it.

Add to this that we were not consulted, and no member of BU administration had even the guts to tell us they had killed our major to our face. This is shameful, and it casts a dark shadow over the fates of every other department and every other college. One might also think that this blighted decision came as a necessary cost-saving measure: demonstrably false.

This is the “Integrated University”: at best a poorly run corporation for training specialized technicians without the skills to question their lot, and at worst a caricature of a “university” pawned off to the families of the not-well-to-do. Make no mistake — for whatever flailing BU does in the direction of a shallow respect for diversity or equal access, it has codified an economic class system that reserves the liberal arts and the humanities for the wealthy who can afford to send their fortunate offspring to UPenn and Bucknell — all the while instructing the children of the less fortunate that their place is among the traditional professions.

Don’t get me wrong: nursing and K-12 education are, of course, eminently valuable — but even here BU has cut off its nose to spite its face. For not only do the humanities play a vital role in the ethics educations of these professions, the likelihood that BU will be able to recruit the high quality faculty it needs to stock Medical or Business Ethics courses is bound to dwindle — right along with its declining reputation. Indeed, the likelihood that BU will be able to recruit the caliber of faculty, staff, or student to which we have long been accustomed is grim. Few newly minted PhDs — across the colleges — will want to risk their own scholarly reputations and tenure aspirations, and their commitment to academic freedom for a system so plainly unstable, a departmental structure so obviously arbitrary, and an administration so unfeeling and dull.

Hopefully, parents seeking the best value for their own hard-earned dollars will see right through the Integrated “University” advertising to the educationally hollow revenue-driven Frankenstein we’ve become. They won’t want to be played for fools knowing that a “degree” from an expensive technical school masquerading as a university may well not be the career path to which their daughter or son aspired. A for-profit online “college” is cheaper and more honest. This is not to suggest that our professional colleges are not excellent — but insofar as the reputation of one is bound to all, none will escape being tainted by this short-sighted profit-driven gambit. None can evade being endangered by this crude game of numbers.

To my students past and present: what is going on here is wrong. It is shameful. It disrespects you and your families. But your professors will stand by you even if BU sees you as nothing more than cash cows. The lesson here is to never permit yourselves to become mere cogs. You are citizens. You deserve better, and we have in no way given up fighting for your educations — even if that means encouraging you to flee to greener pasture.

One of the invaluable gifts of a humanities education is the world it can make possible for first generation students. I AM precisely that student. I clawed my way through undergraduate school in philosophy at University of Colorado in Colorado Springs, and I stayed in philosophy to give my children a better life. A life that was full of ideas, of arguments, of characters, of beauty. I knew that philosophy could open the door to every other great thing — history, art, music, invention…. To strip the university of that opportunity is a form of theft. It is a discrimination against those with fewer means. it is a distortion of what education is and should be. It. Is. Wrong.

And, it is all perversely hilarious: in its desperate need to scapegoat something other than its own misadventures overbuilding, over-spending on everything but education — as Professor Smith puts it, making BU into a Club Med — BU finds itself unable to fulfill its central mission: educational opportunity across that wide swath of disciplines that define a university. So, instead of trying to recover its soul, it blames the victims of its gross neglect, lies to its students and their families, and hides behind the thin veneer of “affordability.”

The entire university is damaged by these mercenary decisions, and every college and department should heed the lesson: you are disposable.

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Harvard Meets Bloomsburg https://buvoice.com/4118/lifestyle/harvard-meets-bloomsburg/ https://buvoice.com/4118/lifestyle/harvard-meets-bloomsburg/#respond Tue, 09 Nov 2021 21:56:46 +0000 https://buvoice.com/?p=4118 Harvard University, the holy grail for scholars around the world. This ivy league school has been talked about among students; and introduced frequently in media and film. One of Bloomsburg Universities own, Kobe Mccloud has been working among alumni and students at this prestigious college.

Kobe Mccloud is a senior at Bloomsburg University. He is 21 years of age and was born in Whitehall, Pennsylvania. He is a dual major in Media and Journalism and Political Science.

Freshman year of college, Mccloud declared his media and journalism major. He began to venture out and apply himself with skills like Adobe Photoshop, Premiere, Illustrator and After Effects.

“I picked up skills that were more tangible and, in the long run always kept my hands and mind going on some project both for personal and educational purposes,” he reminisces.

These skills are what assisted Mccloud in getting his internship at Harvard University with the Mozilla Foundation backed tech startup. This position consists of creating designs, iconography, and manufacturing the aesthetics and visuals of the company. Mccloud declared a political science major later in his college journey. Since he is also actively studying this subject; his responsibilities do not end with the ones above.

“I also spend time doing research on cyber security, cyber espionage, data privacy, and internet privacy and how to communicate these aspects visually and verbally.

His political science major dual major led Mccloud to apply his skills in international relations, politics, history, and foreign policy. He attributes a portion of his knowledge on novels such as “Your Country, Our War, by Kathryn A. Brown, Rigged: America, Russia, and One Hundred Years of Covert Electoral Interference, by David Shimer.” These books focus on history, wars, and political affairs.

This astounding opportunity at Harvard University is going to assist Mccloud in reaching his long-term objective.

“My ultimate goal and mission is combating disinformation in the digital age of politics, policy, and democracy to preserve sovereignty.”

This undergrad student strives to use his said skills to position himself in a future career with organizations and government agencies such as the U.S State Department, United Nations, NATO, CIA, Netflix, Apple, and Sony. His major keeps him on his feet because there is always information to analyze and debunk in the media. In terms of politics, there is always new political occurrences taking place to read and digest. Mccloud is holding these skills close; and will soon be an indispensable component of any workforce.

Until his education wraps up, Kobe Mccloud is content in his set routine of going to classes, reading up on current events, attending meetings and doing homework.

 

 

 

Kobe McCloud taken by Melanie Aikins/ The Voice

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The Life and Legacy of Henry Carver: Bloomsburg University’s First President https://buvoice.com/4112/news/the-life-and-legacy-of-henry-carver-bloomsburg-universitys-first-president/ https://buvoice.com/4112/news/the-life-and-legacy-of-henry-carver-bloomsburg-universitys-first-president/#respond Tue, 09 Nov 2021 21:00:58 +0000 https://buvoice.com/?p=4112 Henry Carver, the foundation of Bloomsburg University. Henry Carver was the first appointed president of this university. He took up this position during a time when Bloomsburg University had one building and minimal staff and curriculum. Henry Carver founded the literary institute, connected the university with the state for funding and assisted in building the first dormitory building.

Robert Dunkelberger, the university archivist, and historian for 25 years; researched and has written a book about Henry Carvers impact on the university. Through intensive exploration and access to the university’s archives, Dunkelberger has dedicated his time and resources into highlighting Henry Carvers achievements.

“I organize and make information available for other people to use” Dunkelberger expresses.

Dunkelberger unravels his workplace and mind for students and faculty who are curious about university affairs, alumni, history, etc. He has memorized and perfected Bloomsburg Universities memoir. Due to this knowledge, he is a guide for the inquisitive student body.

On Wednesday, November 10th, 2021. Dunkelberger will be hosting an event in auditorium 1303, McCormick Center. ‘The Life and Legacy of Henry Carver: Bloomsburg University’s First President’ will debut for the first time, followed by light refreshments. This event will take place at 12 pm.

Come celebrate Dunkelbergers achievement and learn more about Bloomsburg Universities legacy. Books will be available for sale at the event. Whether a fellow history enthusiast, a devotee of writing, or simply a passerby just scoping out the scene; ‘The Life and Legacy of Henry Carver: Bloomsburg Universitys First President’ is worthy of regard.Robert Dunkelbergers event that will be taking place November 10th and 12:00pm in McCormick 1303

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Huskies Volleyball Sets School Record https://buvoice.com/4107/sports/huskies-volleyball-sets-school-record/ https://buvoice.com/4107/sports/huskies-volleyball-sets-school-record/#respond Tue, 09 Nov 2021 20:40:22 +0000 https://buvoice.com/?p=4107 The anticipation grew, as the Bloomsburg Women’s Volleyball team headed into their final set of the game, against D’Youville College.  After winning their first two sets, the Huskies needed just one more victory to seal the deal. The pressure grew, as some of the Huskies were not aware of what was at stake for their program.  Relying on their stamina, the maroon and gold entered the final match with their heads held high, despite their fatigue from the long day behind them.

In just their third season of play as a varsity sport, the Women’s Volleyball team is pushing playoff contention, with only two games left in the regular season. Likewise, graduate student and defensive specialist Alyssa Cianciulli (Royersford, PA) is also nearing the end of her career and is looking to finish the season strong.

Just recently, Cianciulli celebrated 2,000 career digs in less than three seasons with the Huskies. When asked about what this means to her, she stated, “It means obviously a lot to me, like I came back and I knew I was close to it, so when I came back for my fifth year, I was like that’s one of the things I want to accomplish before I leave… I want to set such a legacy… I think if I’m as good as I can be right now, then they’re just gonna be better for years to come if they can find somebody to match me or even be better than me.”

Long at last, the Huskies were able to shut out the D’Youville Saints, winning the final set of the day, 25-15. With this victory, the team set the school record for most wins in a season, with eleven.

In her first season with the Huskies, middle blocker Liz Bopp (Ebensburg, PA) expressed, “I honestly didn’t even know that they only won ten games their first year… so then when we did break the record, it was actually pretty cool to be a part of.”

Currently BU is ranked fourth in the PSAC standings. Looking ahead to this weekend’s upcoming matches against #5 Shippensburg and #1 Shepherd, how will the team put on the pressure against these PSAC East rivals?

Cianciulli noted, “Well our coach likes to say that there is no pressure, and he’s right in a way, like we are only in our third season… but looking at a senior who’s going to be graduating, there is pressure just for the fact that we should be in the playoffs. There’s been so many games that we should have won, that would have put us in fourth or maybe even third, and not have to worry.”

Bopp expanded on this saying, “I definitely think beating Shepherd would be a huge game. And we played so well against Shepherd last time, even though we did lose… if we use that as motivation, maybe we could win.”

Because of COVID, the middle blocker did not get the chance to experience her freshman season. Coming into 2021, she was finally able to become a collegiate athlete, and compete.

Commenting on her personal goals, Bopp stated, “I just want to do what’s best for my team and try to get them as far as they can, because they were the ones that started the program, so it would be cool to be a part of that experience and help them along the journey.”

In her first season, Bopp has eleven kills, one assist, 13.5 points, three digs, and eight total blocks. As for Cianciulli, throughout her three years at Bloomsburg, she has eight kills, 269 assists, 2,003 digs, and 103 points. Additionally, she is ranked first throughout the entire NCAA Division II standings for digs per set with 6.93.

Bopp expressed how much of a leader the upperclassmen have been this year stating, “They have been amazing, in the beginning it was really hard to get close with everyone, but once we reached a point where we saw each other every day, I just got super close with them… The seniors have really helped me be who I am right now and pushed me, so I’m gonna miss them a lot.”

With senior night approaching, emotions are running high for the Huskies. In relation to this, Cianciulli was asked to reflect on her biggest memory with the team, and how she will carry what she has experienced into her life moving forward.

“My biggest memory is honestly just traveling with the team. I think you really grow and bond with the team, because there’s stupid things that happen on the road, and it’s just so fun. Being with a team that has so many girls, you kind of learn that everybody’s different, and everybody takes things in a certain way…. and it just makes you overall better I think in terms of social skills and communication.”

The Volleyball team gets back to action at home, this Friday vs. East Stroudsburg at 7pm, and Saturday vs. Kutztown at 6 pm in the Nelson Field House. Come and support your Huskies as they wrap up the regular season.

 

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