To Tenure or Not To Tenure

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By Maddie Silva

The subject of tenure has begun to circulate in the midst of faculty uncertainty. I briefly sat down with Dr. Ann Hamilton, Providence’s Interim Chief Academic Officer, to talk about this topic that has grown in concern. Before Dr. Hamilton had to rush off to a meeting, she showed me a chart that graphed the gradual but steady decline of tenured professors since the late-1960s in the United States.

Similar graphs from The Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges parallels this nationwide-decline, noting that as the rate of tenure-track professors declines adjunct professors now account for three quarters of instructional faculty at nonprofit colleges and universities nation-wide.

The term tenure conjures images of geriatric professors lecturing past their prime. However, the process of attaining academic tenure is a long and arduous procedure. According to The New Workplace Institute Blog, tenure is contingent on teaching, scholarship, and service. Teaching is typically held as the most important criteria, although some institutions stress research scholarship. A committee or department makes an initial recommendation of a professor based off of a blind vote, then a second recommendation is made to the board of trustees or a dean. The tenure evaluation track at most schools lasts about five or six years.

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Speaking the language of the “Muslim Ban”

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By Tina Snieder

On January 27, President Trump signed an executive order entitled “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States” which enacted a 90-day halt on foreign nationals entering the United States from seven majority-Muslim countries.

As a result, on January 29, protesters in the thousands poured into the LAX airport to protest what had become popularized as the “Muslim ban.” One protester, alumni Karolina Beveridge, weighed in on the protest that began at “Tom Brady International” but eventually protesters “took over the entire bottom floor of arrivals, marching in the street,” said Beveridge. She further explained the protest was an “outlet for rage, and a way to make a powerful statement.”

Beveridge has a close friend who will not be able to travel to see her family in Canada or Iran, although the friend has a Green Card and currently resides in the U.S.

Seeing the pain her friend experienced upon hearing that news was Beveridge’s main motivation for attending. The protest peacefully continued for hours, with protesters shouting “No ban no wall,” and, “no hate, no fear, refugees are welcome here.”

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The Journey To Fulfillment: Part One

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By Amy MacArthur

In an increasingly competitive job market, searching for, and eventually landing, the “right” job immediately after college can be not only daunting but exhausting. Despite America’s slow but sure recovery from the 2008 recession, the 2015 Economic Policy Institute’s national statistics have unemployment rate for young college graduates still around 7.2%, with the underemployment rate sitting at 14.9%, which is almost double the rates in 2007. Since then, things have improved slightly but not significantly. Where does that leave soon-to-be graduates of Providence and the nationwide and global class of 2017, or graduates in the coming years?

In a January 2016 summary of their research findings at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, economists Jaison R. Abel and Richard Deitz said, “Contrary to popular belief, most underemployed recent college graduates were not working in low-skilled service jobs following the Great Recession. Indeed, nearly half were working in relatively high-paying jobs, with more than 10 percent working in the information processing and business support, managers and supervisors, and sales categories,” Abel and Deitz write.

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Three Steps Forward, One Step Back

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By Kavin Carter

In the previous edition of The Blade, the question that arose was, “Will Providence become a campus solely of adjunct instructors?” Fear of the unknown and fear of the future are notions that sometimes make people uneasy, standing on the precipice without knowing what lies at the bottom.

The return of full-time faculty to the classroom is one of a few main issues that are plaguing student’s minds. Many students have voiced their concerns about recent moves made by Providence’s administrative staff and among them is the concern that there is continual hires of adjunct professors exclusively instead of reinstatement of, or hiring new, full-time professors. According to the administrative staff, the purpose of hiring adjuncts over full-time faculty is to save money.

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Give Me Liberty Or Give Me… Local Government

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By Iris Poole

 

With the Presidential Inauguration of Donald Trump, there are many people who feel victory, while others feel that their world is crashing right before their eyes. Both sides certainly have their points as well as their faults, though I would argue that we have put too much significance into the national offices and elections that we ignore what goes on in our State and local offices. For the past year and a half, leading up to the national election and Presidential Inauguration, the neglect of local offices has become evident.

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Providence Productions

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By Tina Snieder

 

At two o’clock on January 12, junior Julia Lodder received an email from Dordt College that marked the start of the 2017 Prairie Grass Film Festival. Lodder, alongside Tyler Bulthuis, produced Providence Production’s short film entry in the competition. This marks the sixth consecutive year Providence students have participated in Dordt College’s Prairie Grass Film Festival. Started in 2006, this competition gives participants high school age and older the opportunity to lend a multitude of talents to create a short film, such as directing, writing, acting, editing, and composing, all within 48 hours.

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What Do You Meme?

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By Gaby Martinez

 

If you’ve ever worked for children anywhere between the age of 3 and 13, you know how effortless “telling it like it is” is for small humans. When my brother was 3, he verbally assaulted the poor bag boy at Vons who forgot to shave his face that morning by repeatedly and abruptly informing him that he was a dirty man. Their lack of mastery in filtering and honesty is simultaneously refreshing and terrifying. This kind of polarized thinking is a defining aspect of early childhood. If you were the stinky kid or the kid with headgear in 3rd grade, don’t worry, your peers never forget it.

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One for The History Books

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By Kavin Carter

 

As students resumed class last week, whispers spread across the campus at lightning speed that Dr. Mcllhenny had been placed on administrative leave for the Spring Semester of 2017.

This came at a very difficult time for students, in the wake of the dismissal of Dr. Reeves, Dr. Milton, and the resignation of Dr. De Soto, leaving some feeling lost and scared for the future. To lose three professors, with another on leave, is nothing short of a historical dark period in the overall history of Providence.

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Fa La La La Fraud

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By Maddie Silva

The holidays are a  time of childlike wonder and excitement, accompanied by occasional insecurity, loneliness, but, mostly just copious amounts of holiday stress. This season of giving is also a time when individuals are at their most vulnerable. Many fall prey to holiday scams. The Better Business Bureau warns Christmas shoppers that scams are prevalent during this time of year.

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