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THE MAROON A LOYOLA TRADITION SINCE 1 923 • "IQK A CiKLATLR LOYOLA" VOL. 85, NO. 5 WWW.LOYOLAMAROON.COM FRIDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2006 A lack of confidence By LINDSEY NETHERLY NEWS EDITOR A significant majority of the College of Humanities and Natural Sciences faculty have voiced their lack of confidence in Loyola's president and provost. Faculty cite failures in data, communication The faculty of the College of Humanities and Natural Sciences reached a vote of no confidence against the Rev. Kevin Wildes, S.J., university president, and Provost Walter Harris recently. The frustrations mounted over the administration's handling of the "Pathways" plan and resulted in the vote at a Sept. 26 meeting of the college faculty. The College of Humanities and Natural Sciences has 110 full-time faculty members, 90 of whom were eligible to vote. Eighty of those voting faculty members participated in the vote. The motions resulted in 61 to 19 faculty members voting "no confidence" in Wildes and 70 to 10 in a vote of "no confidence" in Harris. The results of the votes were delivered to Wildes and the Board of Trustees, who were quick to make their position on the matter known. "The Board of Trustees is confident in the leadership of the university and affirms the direction and vision set forth by Fr. Wildes and Dr. Harris," said Board Chairman Ted Frois in a Sept. 29 story posted on Loyola's Web site. The faculty discontent has its origin in the university's drastic restructuring plan, "Pathways," which was finalized and approved by the board on May 19. The plan resulted in the elimination of 17 tenure or tenure-track positions and the elimination or suspension of 14 majors. Most of the faculty cuts were made within the former college of Arts and Sciences, which has since been split into the College of Humanities and Natural Sciences and the College of Social Sciences. The "Pathways" plan was created in response to Loyola's $15 million budget deficit following Hurricane Katrina. The financial situation has reached a resolution, but remains prominent in administrators' concerns, said Harris during a Sept. 21 meeting between College of Humanities and Natural Sciences faculty and administrators."The president believes we have stabilized the university the best we can so that all the people in this room have jobs. To be brutally honest, it is, in my mind, a fragile stability," said Harris, in reference to this year's freshman class of 530, which will generate reduced tuition revenues for their four years at Loyola. "This is a very serious business,business, and in the big picture we need people to be positive." The motion, which was introduced at a Sept. 5 meeting, originally named five administrators: Wildes, Harris, John Cornwell, David Estes and Brenda Joyner. During the Sept. 26 meeting the motion was modified to become two separate votes of no confidence in Wildes and Harris. The faculty members then voted by secret ballot, using separate pre-prepared ballots, for Harris and Wildes. A vote of no confidence has no formal impact on university policy, but is intended to be a declaration of faculty sentiment. Since the board has already expressed their confidence in the direction of the university, it's unlikely that any immediate reorganization will take place. Connie Rodriguez, professor of classical studies, originated the motion for a vote of no confidence. The motion was meant to convey the faculty's dissatisfaction with the administration's actions throughout the university's restructuring last spring, she wrote in an e-mail: "The faculty does not believe that the administration followed proper protocols and procedures in creating and implementing the plan. Their continued refusal to have a dialogue at any time during the process only served to widen the gap between them and the faculty, and their continued use of incomplete and flawed data even after errors were brought to their attention showed a complete disregard to the faculty and deans who know the correct data," she wrote. That allegedly erroneous Kevin Wildes, S.J. University President Walter Harris Provost, Academic VP Crash kills student By DANIEL MONTEVERDE EDITOR IN CHIEF Things were going well for Cyrus Rastegar Monday afternoon before coming to an abrupt end. The 24-year-old graduate student had just moved into a new apartment, was working as a nurse at Tulane University Medical Center and was leaving campus with the second-highest score on a test in his pathophysiology class where he was studying disturbances to the body that a disease causes or that can cause a disease. But that all ended when Rastegar, a first-year nursing student, died after losing control of his motorcycle Monday at about 2:30 p.m. Rastegar is survived by his father, mother and a younger brother. Originally from New Orleans, the family has been living in San Jose, Calif, since Hurricane Katrina. He returned to New Orleans in the spring for his second semester at Loyola, and was working toward his master's in nursing with hopes of becoming a family nurse practitioner. Eyewitnesses told The Times- Picayune that Rastegar was swerving in and out of Carrollton Avenue traffic before he sideswiped two cars and before becoming pinned between his motorcycle and another car. Rastegar, according to the eyewitness accounts, was alive after the initial Farmer's Market keeps growing By SALLY TUNMER CONTRIBUTING WRITER Tenth anniversary belatedly celebrated There are farmers coming from all over Louisiana to a stand near students every Tuesday and Saturday. The Crescent City Farmer's Market is filled each week with families, students, locals and visitors who come to taste and shop for delicious homegrown and prepared food. The Farmer's Market celebrated its "Re-10th Anniversary" Sept. 30. It was technically the market's 11th anniversary, but several people came to the Magazine Street location to make up for last year's canceled celebration.The event included the presentation of the first shipment of seafood, vegetables and flowers to the recently re-opened Commander's Palace. The Vespa Club of New Orleans rode off with the shipment and delivered it to the restaurant. Before Hurricane Katrina, there were four locations at which the market was held. Now, the market takes place on Tuesdays at 200 Broadway St. at Uptown Square from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and on Saturdays at 700 Magazine St. in the William. B. Reily parking lot from 8 a.m. to noon. "It is a great community event," Vendors meet to sell everything from fish to flowers every Tuesday and Saturday morning at The Crescent City Farmer's Market. The market is a project of the Economics Institute and Twomey Center. ANNE FISHER / THE MAROON see VOTE, page 3 see CRASH, page 3 see MARKET, page 3 SPECIAL REPORT: ttKl A Field of Dreams IMI I They rebuilt it... and we came E3ZI3DCII3 back. LOYOLAMAROON.COM THERE WILL BE NO MAROON NEXT WEEK FOR MID-TERMS. WE WILL RESUME PUBLICATION OCT. 20. CORRECTION: Loyola has an undergraduate population of 3,800. The article 'The Great Divide' misstated this number. We at The Maroon regret this mistake.
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