To the men of Fairfield University, I believe it is time we have a serious talk about an issue that, during my four years at Fairfield, was continually brushed off as a non-problem. It is with a heavy...
True story: I told my mom about the backlash I received on campus for the beautiful gesture offered to me at Apollo night. In all of my mother’s wisdom she imparted these words from Childish Gambino: “Don’t be mad cuz I’m doing me better than you doing you.”
Since August 2013, we have followed with dismay the events surrounding the abrupt decision by the university’s Information Technology Systems service to end the use of the Mentor course management system and replace it with Blackboard. We have heard the ITS argument that Mentor has security problems, but we have seen no credible evidence that Mentor could potentially compromise the security of student records or any other sensitive information.
I am writing this letter in support of the work of the Educational Technologies Committee and the many faculty across campus working to re-instate Mentor as a course management and institutional tools system at Fairfield.
In the last couple of days, there has been a lot of debate about a performance at Apollo Night. After reading the opinion section of The Mirror, it was clear that both authors made valid points. However, since the publishing of the article, one author has been pinpointed as a target by the same students who stood on stage supporting the right of freedom of speech.
This letter is in response to the article “New Student Leaders at Odds with Program Ethics Code” and the editorial “Trust Issues” printed on Feb. 26, 2014. The Professional and Leadership Standards that the Department of Student Programs and Leadership Development has implemented is an integral part of our mission.
Letter to the Editor: This is a response to the article “The Dark Side of Stop and Frisk” written by Jane Holland on Feb. 12. An NYPD officer is directed to stop-and-frisk someone that appears “reasonably suspicious.” This relative language is the problem I have with New York City’s controversial policy.
To the President, the Board of Trustees and the Academic Council: Last August, the Mentor course management system was abruptly shut down by Chief Information Officer Paige Francis, creating enormous disruption for some 500 courses, as well as assessment and accreditation processes in multiple schools and departments. The Academic Council asked the Educational Technology Committee to investigate “what led to the decision, how the decision was made and the appropriateness of the decision.”