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Internships can be minefields for unsuspecting students

Internships can be minefields for unsuspecting students

April 26, 2019

Marley Molkentin, junior multimedia photojournalism major, had trouble getting paid for a recent internship after she “stupidly didn’t sign any type of contract.”  During her time at Columbia, Molkentin gained...

Provost eyes faculty credentials

By Assistant Campus Editor

September 22, 2014

A new policy requiring full- and part-time faculty to submit updated curricula vitae and academic transcripts has some of those faculty members less than thrilled.On Aug. 25, Stan Wearden, senior vice president and provost, requested that all faculty members submit current CVs at the beginning of each academic year. For this year only, they are required to submit information by Dec. 13. Similarly, Wearden is also requiring copies of all academic transcripts. Wearden said his recent request is intended to keep up with industry standards and follow the practices at other high caliber institutions. “We are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission [of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools], and they have been very strict in recent years about making sure we are able to accurately report on the qualifications of our faculty,” Wearden said. “[In fact], a lot of the accrediting agencies and the federal government are being much more strict about having these kinds of records available. We just want to make sure we are aware of faculty’s accomplishments.”However, Columbia’s part-time faculty union, P-Fac, has objected to the new requirements. P-Fac is disputing the request for updated records, stating it goes against the college’s collective bargaining act agreement.Diana Vallera, P-Fac president and an adjunct faculty member in the Photography Department, said she is unsure why there is a need for updated records.“The issue is strictly the collective bargaining act,” Vallera said. “We want the best teachers for our students, and we want the college to honor our agreement.” P-Fac is planning to meet with the provost Sept. 22 to discuss the issue, Vallera said.According to Wearden, colleges are required to annually report any new publications, exhibitions and other accomplishments because of the increases in for-profit universities and online learning. Wearden said he has tried to ensure the faculty knows there will not be any changes to the status of current employment nor will the updated records serve as grounds for termination.“This isn’t an effort to re-qualify [faculty members] who have already been qualified,” Wearden said. “If their records are current and truthful, then their qualifications won’t change at all and I have no reason to think that they won’t be accurate and honest.”Wearden said he is not asking for updated records to search for evidence of wrongful behavior and that he would address any inaccuracies or questionable discoveries. However, the records could pinpoint which faculty members need to catch up on developments in their fields, he added.“It’s just a matter of having proper records,” Wearden said. “If someone isn’t staying current in their field and they’re teaching it in outdated ways, it should be addressed. However, I don’t have any evidence that that’s happening and I’m not looking for any.”Robin Bargar, dean of the School of Media Arts, reiterated Wearden’s statements. He said the need has to do with the continuous transformation of the college and its need to be conducted more like a university.“The request is likely because the records were never complete in the first place,” Bargar said.Bargar said the provost’s request for CVs and transcripts is a completely normal procedure for a college to impose because it is simply keeping up with standard university practices. He also said the currently employed faculty should not be worried about job security because there are no known reasons to terminate, employ or change anything taking place around the college. He said there are contractual practices already in place that will stay that way.Suzanne Blum-Malley, interim dean of the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, also said it is just a standard practice for universities and colleges to keep their records current and updated.“I think what’s happened is it wasn’t an active practice to make sure that we know where and what people were doing and to also make sure that we acquired official transcripts when we hired the faculty,” Blum-Malley said.Transcripts do not need to be on a constantly updated basis unless a faculty member has earned a new degree and needs to update and re-submit the relevant documents, she said. “I know from talking to the provost that the intent behind this is just to make sure we have all of our ducks in a row,” Blum-Malley said. “We’re going to have to go through the process accreditation again to have all of our records up to date.”

Magic of Disney does not translate to Kickstarter

By Managing Editor

March 10, 2014

The 2100 block of North Tripp Avenue is a residential runway crammed with humble homes and landscaped lawns—until the one-way intersects West Palmer Street, where a blue house with stripped siding sits in shambles. A blatant eyesore, the house would be demolished if it were in any other neighborhood, but this shack situated in Hermosa is special—it is the childhood home of Walt Disney, and although it still stands, no on...

Students suffer without books first weeks of class

Students suffer without books first weeks of class

February 17, 2014

The unusually bare shelves of Columbia’s bookstore, which left some students without textbooks for the first few weeks of the spring semester, could be the result of faculty members submitting late requests. Faculty members are supposed to fill out an adoption form that lis...

Potential jobs at Industry Events

By Heather Scroering

April 8, 2012

Industry Night was born four years ago on the evening before Manifest, Columbia’s major urban arts festival. The event was a night that encouraged graduating students to meet and showcase their work to creative industry professionals invited to the college. Since then, the concept has grown into something much larger.Now with 13 networking opportunities on six dates from April 10–May 4, the newly renamed Industry Event...

Elisa Yousett ‘battles’ time, finds humor

By Lisa Schulz

March 11, 2012

Even as an 11-year-old with a simple birthday wish to attend a concert, Elisa Yousett, senior arts, entertainment and media management major and marketing communication minor, dreamed of working in the entertainment industry. She began her managerial career early, hosting Battle of the Bands at her former Buffalo, N.Y., home from age 11 to 17. Now the full-time student balances five jobs and cofounded Blurp Events. Her re...

Work hard for the money

By Brianna Wellen

March 11, 2012

For all us seniors, some of the most crucial months of our lives are approaching. Along with combatting overwhelming bouts of senioritis to make sure we can actually get the degrees we’ve been working so hard for, we also have to put in extra work looking for—bear with me—even more work. Now is the time for not only seniors but all students to ensure they understand what the current job climate is like, the best way...

Virtual badges earned online no replacement for diploma

By Lauryn Smith

February 6, 2012

Playing your favorite online games could potentially enhance your education and job prospects. A new trend in higher education has students and recent grads earning online badges as credentials or achievements that they can list on their resume. While this could be a fun and innovative way to learn certain skills, these badges should not replace traditional coursework.Using virtual badges as trophies or symbols of accompl...

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