Keep promotes ambition amongst students

By Alexandra Shapiro
Columnist

SG listens to Keep’s lecture regarding career development opportunities (Miguel Gonzalez / Photo Editor).

Student Government held a presentation by Interim Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs William Keep and debated on a resolution at its meeting on April 17.

SG began the meeting by welcoming Keep, who spoke to the general body about the advancement of student ideas.

“How many of you want to change the world?” Keep said. “How many of you want to change the world in the same direction?”

He acknowledged that all students at the College have different goals and plans for their future, and emphasized the role students have in achieving their career goals.

“The best idea does not always win — good ideas die all the time,” Keep said.

Keep informed the general body of ways to gain the attention of employers and other potential career opportunities on campus, which include asking questions and being open to change and self-assessment.

Keep believes there are seven traits each student must build upon — ambition, energy, focus, self-knowledge, confidence, empathy for others and the capacity to tolerate conflict. According to Keep, students at the College have to be comfortable sharing their ideas with other people in order to grow and discover opportunities.

Next, SG began a debate on resolution R-S2019-05, “In support of modifying the adjunct faculty office hours policy at The College of New Jersey.”

The resolution requires that adjunct faculty members must have at least two office hours per week as opposed to the current policy where adjunct professors have no requirements for holding office hours.

SG argued that if adjunct professors teach courses that are major requirements, they must be able to host office hours in order to foster an understanding of their major core curriculum.

College students utilize office hours often as an academic resource or to resolve concerns regarding course content, assignment reviews and general feedback.

After a vote by the general body, the bill passed and will be moving to the Steering Committee, which will review the adjunct faculty office hours policy.

The Class of 2021 will be selling T-shirts from Monday, April 29 to Tuesday, April 30 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Brower Student Center. The class council will be sending an email to sophomores next week regarding the sale.

The Class of 2022 placed an order for the freshmen class apparel, which should be arriving next week. The Class of 2022 is also holding a flavor ice fundraiser at Alumni Grove on Monday, April 29 and Tuesday, April 30 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

1 Comment on Keep promotes ambition amongst students

  1. quick question? There’s no doubt that adjunct office hours are important for students, however, part time faculty ought to be paid for their time and there is no mention of this at all? We are not in a position to work for free since our annual salaries fall far below a living wage and of course, we have no benefits either! WE are the majority teaching at many of our colleges and universities in the U.S.

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