Fall 2014 - Issue 2

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<ul><li><p>The University imple-mented a new tradition on Sept. 6: the Fraternity and Soror-ity Welcome Dinner. The event was held in Sojka Pavilion, and attendees enjoyed dinner while listening to multiple key speak-ers.</p><p>A new Fraternity and So-rority Community Promise and Bucknell Greek icon were also introduced. The IFC Executive Boards constructed the Promise and the Icon in accordance with the University Greek systems core values. Please visit www.bucknellian.net to view the new emblem and Fraternity and So-rority Community Promise. </p><p>No official initiation oc-</p><p>curred before this year. We wanted something more formal which would help harness the Greek community on campus, Panhellenic Council Senior Representative Jasmine King said.</p><p>Dinner speakers includ-ed University President John Bravman, Panhellenic Presi-dent Erica Shartle 15, IFC President JT Engles 15, and Associate Dean of Students Amy Badal. According to the IFC Council, over 800 people attended the event.</p><p>The idea for the Fraternity and Sorority Welcome Dinner stemmed from several commit-tee meetings, which included fraternity and and sorority presidents, Panhellenic Coun-cil, and IFC Council members. </p><p>Planning for the event started last semester. All event details were validated hours before the event, according to Shartle and Engles.</p><p>The dinner commenced with a meet-and-greet at 6 p.m. at Sojka Pavilion. Hors doeuvres and beverages were served. After members were seated, Badal gave a welcome speech.</p><p>After dinner, Bravman highlighted Greek lifes poten-tial impact on each University student and the community as a whole.</p><p>There are values and so-cial norms that endure. But there are also ones that need to be changed over time. Only you can make the decision about </p><p>SEPTEMBER 12, 2014 VOL. 154, ISSUE 2THE WEEKLY STUDENT NEWSPAPER OF BUCKNELL UNIVERSITYThe Bucknellian</p><p> F</p><p>INSIDE THIS ISSUE</p><p>5 THINGS YOULL LEARN FROM THIS ISSUE</p><p>What it truly means to be a </p><p>#botanist A31</p><p>How the mens tennis team </p><p>took the court by storm B1 </p><p>2</p><p>The thriving arts scene on </p><p>campus A6 3</p><p>A humorous take on first-</p><p>year hallmates B5 4</p><p>Whos new to the Universitys </p><p>faculty and staff A2 5</p><p>NEWSPUBLIC SAFETY LOG A2MASTHEAD A2BREAKING THE BUBBLE A2</p><p>OPINIONSEDITORIAL A5</p><p>SPECIAL FEATURE A6</p><p>SPORTSSCORES AT A GLANCE B1UPCOMING EVENTS B1THIS WEEK IN</p><p>SPORTS HISTORY B2BISON ATHLETE OF </p><p>THE WEEK B3PATRIOT LEAGUE WEEKLY </p><p>AWARD WINNERS B3FANTASY CORNER B3BEYOND THE BISON B4</p><p>CAMPUS LIFEPEOPLE YOU MAY KNOW B5COMEDY COLUMN B5</p><p>SPECIAL FEATURE B6</p><p>www.bucknellian.netThe Bucknellian@thebucknellian</p><p>University begins new Greek tradition</p><p>The University will be-gin an Early Signaling pilot program this fall, which will require professors to evalu-ate student behavior dur-ing the first four weeks of classes.</p><p>Vice President for En-rollment Management Bill Conley, the associate deans of the College of Arts and Sciences and of the College of Engineering, and a group of other administrators and faculty have created a de-gree completion working group to address the task of increasing student retention rates.</p><p>The degree completion working group released a report in 2013 stating two specific goals. The first goal is to increase first-year to sophomore retention rate from 94 percent to 98 per-cent, and the second is to in-crease the six-year retention and graduation rate from 90 percent to 95 percent.</p><p>The Early Signaling program is an initiative cre-ated by this group, as a way </p><p>to positively influence these rates.</p><p>The program has instituted a red, yel-low, and g r e e n light sys-tem, based on a stu-dents behavior as opposed to their grades. Since midterm grades--which are op-tional and only used by 20 percent of Univer-sity profes-sors--are re-leased after six weeks, the program will ask instructors to evaluate students after four weeks of class in order to allow im-provement before the marking period.</p><p>What were looking at is student behavior versus stu-dent performance, Conley said.</p><p>A group of faculty is currently creating a ru-bric for the signaling sys-</p><p>tem, including the factors of absenteeism, tardiness, </p><p>engagement, and participa-tion.</p><p>The associate deans of each college will receive an output of the evaluations of each student and will be </p><p>responsible for reach-ing out to students with yellow and red </p><p>light assessments. In-structors are not required </p><p>to take action with students based on their signals, and at this point in the program, academic advisers will not be notified of a students </p><p>evaluation.[The associ-</p><p>ate deans] have the re-sponsibility to intervene </p><p>with students that are strug-gling and notifying them as such, Conley said.</p><p>The exact criteria of what constitutes student </p><p>notification will be handled on a case-by-</p><p>case basis at this time.Karen Marosi, as-</p><p>sociate dean of Engineer-ing, already connects with students as part of her du-ties, and the Early Signaling program will continue to foster a connection between administrators, faculty, and students.</p><p>The Early Signaling </p><p>pilot program will help us gather a more uniform snap-shot on everybody, Marosi said.</p><p>[The goal] is to get students the services they need as soon as possible, said Rich Robbins, associ-ate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.</p><p>Conley pointed out how the program, while targeted at all students, can specifi-cally help first-year stu-dents in their adjustment to college as well as seniors who are struggling to fulfill all graduation requirements. He also noted how one of the main goals of the pro-gram is to help students be-come aware of the connec-tion between behavior and academic performance.</p><p>In the future, the pro-gram might also include stu-dent self-signaling in addi-tion to instructor evaluation. This semester, students will have access to the signaling rubric once it is finalized by the faculty group.</p><p>[The program] is a great partnership between students and instructors, Conley said.</p><p>Madeline DiamondNews Editor</p><p>University approves pilot program</p><p>Cooper JosephsAssistant News Editor</p><p>STORY CONTINUES ON A4</p><p>Multicultural Student Ser-vices (MSS) hosted the Fer-guson and Beyond: Our Lives Matter event for an open dis-cussion. Fifteen posters were hung about the room, each including a picture of an Afri-can American with the story of their shooting below. Approxi-mately 40 University mem-bers met to discuss their per-sonal reactions to these events and their ideas for change in the future.</p><p>Janice Butler, director of the Office of Civic Engage-ment and Service Learn-ing, kicked off the dis-cussion with a message to encourage change.</p><p>Each time one of these tragedies happens, there are innumerable ripple effects. For so many, things will not be the same. Ferguson will never be the same, and we can only hope that is a good thing, Butler said. The small Missouri community should be transformed by these inci-dents. We, too, should not re-main the same. We should be stirred to movement, stirred to change the injustices in our system, the race and class op-pression that contributes to these tragedies.</p><p>The discussion began by addressing what happened in Ferguson, Mo. On Aug. 9, 18-year-old Michael Brown, an African American, was shot six times-- four times in the right arm and twice in the head. He was unarmed.</p><p>As the discussion con-tinued, people shared their thoughts, concerns and even personal experiences with ra-</p><p>cial oppression. David Rag-land, visiting assistant profes-sor of Education, shared that he has been profiled, stopped, and questioned at least 25 times in his life because he fit a specific description. He feels humiliation and anger that people of color do not receive the same respect and are de-nied human dignity.</p><p>It is estimated that in the United States, a black man is killed every 28 hours.</p><p>Brown is only one of the many victims of racial oppres-sion at the hands of the police. Jonathan Ferrell was unarmed and shot 10 times by a police </p><p>officer in Charlotte, N.C. l a s t year. In 2006, Sean Bell was shot right before his wed-ding while in his car with two friends. Trayvon Martin was shot by a mixed race Hispanic and white police officer when he was unarmed in 2012. John Crawford was shot down in an Ohio Walmart while holding a pellet gun just days before the Brown shooting.</p><p>Students at the meeting shared their personal experi-ences, which included be-ing chased down and pushed onto a car, being pulled over </p><p>Megan GanningContributing Writer</p><p>STORY CONTINUES ON A2</p><p>Community discusses Ferguson</p><p>PILOT PROGRAM</p><p>GREENLIGHT</p><p>EARLY SIGNALING</p><p>GETS</p><p>Graphic by Kelsey ODonnellGraphics editor</p><p>Students to be evaluated on academic performance through Early Signaling program</p><p>TAKE A LOOK AT THE 20S SOMETHING ART </p><p>EXHIBIT ON PAGE B5! If you are not a person of color and you need some-thing to think about, or relate to, imagine leaving your house or your dorm room every day [fear-ing] the way people feel about you will turn into action and that its quite possible that no one will </p><p>do anything about it.Zoe Russell</p><p>2017</p></li><li><p>C-3952 Bucknell UniversityLewisburg, Pa. 17837</p><p>bucknellian@bucknell.edu</p><p>Editor-in-ChiefLauren Boone 15</p><p>Managing Editor, PrintEmily Evancho 16</p><p>Managing Editor, WebAvid Khorramian 17</p><p>Presentation Director, PrintMaddie Bertschmann 16</p><p>Presentation Director, WebAlex Greene 17</p><p>News EditorMadeline Diamond 17</p><p>Assistant News EditorCooper Josephs 17</p><p>News Layout EditorMorgan Gisholt Minard 17</p><p>Opinions EditorTom Bonan 17</p><p>Opinions Layout EditorOlivia Kalb 18</p><p>Sports EditorDoug Hendry 17</p><p>Assistant Sports EditorJen Lee 16</p><p>Sports Layout EditorsAmanda Battle 18Barbara Bell 18</p><p>Campus Life EditorGillian Feehan 15</p><p>Assistant Campus Life EditorRachel Chou 16</p><p>Campus Life Layout EditorCourtney Wren 17</p><p>Special Features Layout EditorLeslie Markevitch 18</p><p>Graphics EditorKelsey ODonnell 17</p><p>Subscriptions ManagerAlex Dorado 15</p><p>Photography EditorEstie Pyper 16</p><p>Assistant Photography EditorMaddy Zachara 16</p><p>Chief Copy EditorTerra Fasold 15</p><p>Copy EditorsAndrew Arnao 14Yvonne Jeng 16</p><p>Meghan Carroll 16</p><p>Senior EditorJen Lassen 15</p><p>Business ManagerSamantha Adelman 15</p><p>Advertising ManagersSydney Battista 15Kelsey Pilchman 16</p><p>Circulation ManagersSam Cowans 15Brian Case 15</p><p>AdvisersGretchen Heuges</p><p>A2 | SEPTEMBER 12, 2014 THE BUCKNELLIANNEWS</p><p>Op-Ed pOlicyThe editorials of The Bucknellian reflect the con-</p><p>sensus of the Editorial Board as to the topics and gen-eral position. 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For advertising rates and infor-mation, please contact the advertising department at BucknellianAds@bucknell.edu.</p><p>Copyright 2014 The Bucknellian</p><p>Wednesday, Sept. 3</p><p>No incidents reported.</p><p>Thursday, Sept. 4</p><p>DRUG LAW VIOLATIONSmith Hall: Report filed.</p><p>Friday, Sept. 5</p><p>THEFTTrax Hall: Under investiga-tion.</p><p>LIQUOR LAW VIOLATIONSwartz Hall: Judicial referral.</p><p>LIQUOR LAW VIOLATION400 St. George Street: Judi-cial referral.</p><p>Saturday, Sept. 6</p><p>LIQUOR LAW VIOLATION/ DISORDERLY CONDUCTSwartz Hall: Judicial refer-ral.</p><p>THEFTDana Engineering: Report filed.</p><p>LIQUOR LAW VIOLATIONSwartz Hall: Judicial referral.</p><p>LIQUOR LAW VIOLATIONHunt Hall: Judicial referral.</p><p>LIQUOR LAW VIOLATION/ PUBLIC DRUNKENNESSElaine Langone Center: Judi-cial referral.</p><p>LIQUOR LAW VIOLATIONChi Phi Fraternity: Judicial referral.</p><p>Sunday, Sept. 7</p><p>No incidents reported.</p><p>Monday, Sept. 8</p><p>THEFTRoberts Hall: Report filed.</p><p>THEFTDana Engineering: Report filed.</p><p>SEXUAL ASSAULTPublic Safety: Report filed.</p><p>SEXUAL ASSAULTSmith Hall: Report filed.</p><p>THEFTAcademic West: Report filed.</p><p>THEFT21 South Sixth Street: Under investigation.</p><p>HARASSMENT BY COMMUNI-CATIONSREC Center: Under investigation.</p><p>FRAUDCampus: Under investiga-tion.</p><p>Tuesday, Sept. 9</p><p>HARASSMENT BY COMMUNI-CATIONSOlin Science Building: Under investigation.</p><p>PUBLIC SAFETY LOG</p><p>The Bucknellian</p><p>BREAKING THE BUBBLEIn case you didnt know... theres a world outside of Bucknell. Catch up on what you may have missed!</p><p>Briefs by Madeline Diamond, News Editor</p><p>INTERNATIONAL</p><p>DOMESTIC</p><p>In a speech on Sept. 3, President Barack Obama confirmed the United Statess stance on ISIS, stating that the United States will lead broad coalition to defeat ISIS. Obama has also attributed $25 million for military aid to Iraqi forces in order to com-bat ISIS. (CNN)</p><p>The Chilean government is investigating an explosion at a subway station in Santiago on Sept. 8, after signs of terrorism became apparent. Fourteen people were injured in the initial subway station attack. The gov-ernment is currently exploring the possibili-ty of an anarchist group attack. (Associated Press)</p><p>After a video surfaced of NFL running back Ray Rice assaulting his then-fiance Janay Palmer, the NFL is investigating reports that a league executive had knowledge of Rices domestic violence since April 2014. The sur-veillance video shows an incident from Feb. 15 in which Rice assaulted Palmer in a ca-sino elevator in Atlantic City. (CNN)</p><p>Apple revealed its iPhone 6 and Apple Watch on Sept. 9 at a press event. Apple will release both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, which will be available for pre-order to-day and released for sale on Sept. 19. Both versions of the phone will feature a bigger screen and slimmer design. (Yahoo Tech)</p><p>The Department of Phys-ics and Astronomy unveiled a new building this semester, housing a new collection of telescop...</p></li></ul>