Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Students deliver petition to university president's office

by Alison Haywood, News Editor

Five Pacific Lutheran University students, one alum and two organizers from the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) gathered on upper campus Tuesday afternoon to deliver a petition to university president Thomas Krise.
According to 925.SEIU.org, the petition read: “As PLU students, we support the efforts by contingent faculty at this university to form a union, and we request that the administration not use university resources, including our tuition dollars, to block those efforts.”

Friday, May 10, 2013

Faculty deny students access to discussion about unionization of some contingent faculty

by Alison Haywood, News Editor

Student reporters were shut out from attending the Faculty Assembly Meeting on Friday afternoon in which faculty members discussed efforts of some contingent faculty to unionize.

Student reporters are allowed to attend faculty meetings with prior permission. Representatives from The Mooring Mast and Lute Times sent an e-mail to Chair of Psychology Wendelyn Shore requesting permission for student reporters to attend the portion of the meeting in which Motion F would be discussed.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: ASPLU engages faculty, Provost in contingent faculty case

by Alison Haywood, News Editor

Two opposing forces in the debate to allow contingent faculty at Pacfic Lutheran University to unionize met on Tuesday evening to inform students and share their sides of the story.
The ASPLU Senate invited Lecturer of Classics Michael Ng and Provost Steven Starkovich to present their positions on whether or not contingent faculty will have the right to vote, including the right to vote on whether or not to join the Services Employees International Union (SEIU).

Thursday, May 2, 2013

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Concern over PLU’s response to contingent faculty plans to unionize

I am disappointed in the university’s response to unionization efforts by PLU contingent faculty. Given PLU 2020’s emphasis on an intensified university commitment to diversity, justice and sustainability, the administration’s recent efforts to block a union vote seem especially ironic.
The right to unionize is guaranteed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a United Nations document adopted in 1948 and ratified by nearly every country on earth, including the United States. Article 23 of the Universal Declaration establishes forming and joining unions as a basic human right for everyone.

Inequality between straight and gay endangering domestic violence victims

By Kelsey Mejlaender, Copy Editor

In a century that is redefining the normal family, intimate relationships are just as complicated as ever. On a national scale, society is slowly but surely beginning to see straight and LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer) couples as equals, and as equally normal.
And while normal can bring storybook romance, fun, shared memories and a future of growing old and grey together, it can also bring the ugly side of human relationships.
Domestic violence is a crime committed against both women and men, and it is a problem not restricted to one class, race or sexual orientation.

PLU problems as seen by a graduating senior

By Brian Bruns, Columnist

My time here at Pacific Lutheran University is coming to an end. I graduate in May and can truly say I have had a great time since transferring from Pierce College in 2011.
There are many things about PLU I will miss — my friends, student media and the great classroom discussions. However, there are many things about PLU that I will not miss after I leave.

Author's visit offers new understanding of novels

By Vicky Murray, Guest Columnist
 The Common Reading Program is fast approaching  its seventh year. Most Pacific Lutheran University students have had the opportunity to be a part of the program during their first-year orientation at PLU.
The Common Reading Program is used to introduce students to the structure of group discussion and diversity literature. In past years, the book “Flight,” by Sherman Alexie, has been used.