Brother James Gaffney, FSC honored at student center grand opening
October 1, 2018 by Derek Swanson, Co-News Editor The grand opening ceremony for the new student center was held on Thursday, Sept. 27, and featured guest speakers such as Brother James Gaffney, FSC and Dr. David Livingston. After the speeches a prayer was said, three celebratory ribbons in front of the doorways were cut, and the center was open for all. Appetizers and hors d’oeuvres were served while, the kitchen and C-Store were both fully operating. Student workers were seen around the building offering tours of the new facilities. “We are very excited to open up the student center,” said Dr. David Livingston, president of Lewis University. “We believe it has a really great future, that it will be a place to meet with friends and also meet new friends. It’s a really beautiful building that is also very functional.” “I’m very happy for the students and faculty,” said President Emeritus of Lewis University, Brother James Gaffney, FSC. “It’s really a magnificent addition to the campus and it’s a privilege to be with everyone here today.” Photo by David Olsen.
October 1, 2018 by Jake Volk, Co-News Editor Provost Dr. Christopher Sindt and members of the faculty senate are striving to enhance collaboration among the university colleges. There are currently four colleges: Arts and Sciences, Nursing and Health Professions, Business and Education. All programs of study offered through the university currently fall under one of these four colleges. However, after a very long conversation among faculty and staff members, it was determined that the colleges should be restructured to better promote professional collaboration between similar programs and to rebalance budgets, programs and credit hour distribution. With this in mind, several committees were formed during the 2016-17 academic year in order to design a restructuring plan. The four current colleges will be distributed into five new colleges: College of Aviation, Science and Technology; College of Education, Social Sciences and Human Services; College of Humanities, Fine Arts and Communications; College of Nursing and Health Sciences; and College of Business, Management and Leadership. “[The new model] allows for a structure that is in better alignment with the strategic plan that calls for Lewis to be a leader in innovation in academic programming,” said Sindt. “So bringing together the colleges into more focus helps us to more clearly articulate the benefits of these particular clusters of disciplines.” Most of the work for restructuring occurs behind the scenes and in conjunction with regular duties. For instance, faculty members are meeting to discuss the current colleges and their progress while simultaneously meeting to discuss how the colleges will look, which started July 1, 2018. In fact, some faculty members serve on multiple committees and often need to transition from one conversation to another. The same is true for administrators and staff members. “It’s a responsibility I have as the Provost to make sure that it happens efficiently and effectively, but the real work is done by the faculty and administrator leaders in the colleges,” said Sindt. Another simultaneous action is the incorporation of several new programs and majors, which is another aspect of the university strategic plan. Although it will not be a direct result of the restructuring, there will be more room available in each college for new programs. Additionally, no current programs or majors will be discontinued for students. While this is all occurring, students should not notice much of a difference. “People will continue to get the same majors and our systems…will remain the same. It doesn’t have a direct impact, it will just have a slow secondary impact over the opportunities that come up for students that we hope will come out of this interdisciplinary conversation,” said Sindt. Some of the system changes will include adjustments in the Registrar’s office, banner and other infrastructure. The majority of system changes are due to the new names of each college. Some other adjustments will include three new deans for the new colleges: nursing, aviation and humanities. The other change is in the composition of the faculty senate. “The way the faculty senator works is it is essentially a representative government, so each of the colleges has representatives in committees,” said Sindt. Since the colleges are being reorganized, the faculty senate will also need to be reorganized. However, the project does come with its own set of challenges. One major issue is office space and effective use of buildings. “I think our long term goal is to bring departments together in the colleges, but it’s not likely to happen completely by the end of this year,” said Sindt. Another major issue is how to adequately distribute the budget and resources among the new colleges. Despite any issues and obstacles, the university is still set to implement the changes come next academic year. “Coming from the outside and looking at this, it is a really big administrative shift on the infrastructure. I think of it as a really brave thing for Lewis to have done this, and to many other universities, they would see that this is a much better way to organize but just are not brave enough or energetic enough,” said Sindt. Overall, the goal of restructuring is to offer the best services to students in an effective and efficient manner. Lewis, according to Sindt, is at the forefront of innovation and collaboration. Faculty and administration to divide colleges to foster better collaboration among academic programs Infographic created by David Olsen.
U.S. education secretary pushes to change sexual misconduct rules
October 1, 2018 by Derek Swanson, Co-News Editor Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has proposed a policy change to the way colleges handle sexual misconduct claims. The new policy is aimed at protecting the rights of accused students as well as reducing the liability of the schools. During the Obama administration, schools were told to use a “preponderance of evidence,” which could convict a student accused of sexual misconduct with over a 50 percent likelihood of guilt. Many victims’ rights groups claimed that this policy did not do enough to protect the rights of those accused. Last year, DeVos shocked college officials nationwide after proclaiming that she would remove policies instituted by the “Dear Colleague” letter, which urged colleges to crack down on sexual assaults or lose millions in government money. The policy planned to replace the “Dear Colleague” letter as well as not tilt the scale in favor of the accuser. The new standard of what qualifies as sexual misconduct, according to a New York Times report, is considered to be “unwelcome conduct on the basis of sex that is so severe, pervasive and objectively offensive that it denies a person access to the school’s education program or activity.” The Obama administration had a much broader view on sexual misconduct, defining it as “unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature” including “unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other verbal, nonverbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature.” These policy changes proposed by DeVos come at a time when major universities are being hit by sexual assault cases. Schools like Michigan State, University of Southern California and Ohio State have dealt with nationally covered sexual misconduct incidents. Under the new policy, universities will have the obligation to determine which cases merit a full legal proceeding as outlined by Title IX. Among other major changes to policy, schools may now only be considered responsible for sexual misconduct if they knew about an incident and attempted to cover it up. If an incident takes place off-campus, unless it is a school sponsored event, the institution is in no way responsible. Previously, schools had to investigate any incident involving their students, regardless of where it took place. Last year, DeVos had instituted a policy that universities could use mediation to decide guilt or innocence in sexual misconduct cases. The rule also allowed both parties to have access to any evidence presented during the hearings. The previous ruling stated that mediation was a violation of victims’ rights and, therefore, was not needed. It is important that victims of sexual assault know they have control over the process. LUPD Deputy Chief of Police Mike Zegadlo said, “Making a report is a good way to start the healing process, because it connects survivors automatically with numerous resources both on and off campus, all of which are focused on the well-being of the survivor. It’s important for survivors to know they have control in the process. The investigating officer will work with the survivor personally in taking the report and conducting the investigation.” If a survivor is not comfortable coming to the police, any one of the Title IX Deputies, the Dean of Student Services, a member of Residence Life Staff or the Center for Health and Counseling Services can offer support. Further help can be found at the LU Cares website, which explains what resources are available to survivors, how to access them and what the process of writing a report will entail. “Ultimately, our goal is to provide the support and services necessary to help the survivor to cope with their trauma and manage the impact in a healthy way, so they can return to being academically and personally successful,” said Zegadlo. Photo courtey of Jake May/The Flint Journal. MSU students defend victims of sexual assault at a campus rally.
Photo courtesy of LUPD. The university map indicates parking lots with single or double letters. October 1, 2018 by Jake Volk, Co-News Editor Despite rumors about an increase in parking tickets, LUPD Deputy Chief of Police Mike Zegadlo, provides key performance indicators (KPIs), which show a decrease in overall parking and traffic stop tickets. In fact, tickets administered between the 2016-17 academic year and the 2017-18 academic year decreased by approximately 30 percent. The KPIs further indicate a decrease in reported crime. The total number of crimes reported decreased by 25 percent and the total number of police reports administered decreased by 20 percent. However, the department did see a few increases in KPIs. The total number of programs available to students, faculty and staff increased by 43 percent, and the total number of participants at the programs, such as ALICE Training, increased by 14 percent. Zegadlo believes the LUPD will continue to see this trend of decreased tickets for this 2018-19 academic year. As for parking, students, faculty and staff are reminded to park in lots only permissible by their parking permit. There are three types of permits (resident, commuter and faculty) and four types of parking lots (resident, commuter, faculty or staff and visitor). All lots have signs at the entrance indicating what permits are required in order to park there. “One of the things we struggle with, as it relates to parking, is the battle between convenience and compliance,” said Zegadlo. “There is always a parking space; it just may not be convenience. And by inconvenience, I mean you have to walk four or five minutes to get to class.” For convenience sake, there are 1,600 commuter parking spaces, 419 specifically noted faculty and staff spaces and 330 resident spaces, which do not include the spaces available at St. Charles Borromeo. Overall, there is approximately 3,200 parking spaces on the Romeoville campus. “Another thing that gets students into trouble is instead of parking their car and then leaving it, they want to move their car along with their schedule,” said Zegadlo. “So, we encourage people to find a space, park your car and then walk; that’s what I do.” With the cost of permits for commuters and residents being $180 each, LUPD is in discussion with Lewis administration, who are responsible for setting the price of parking permits, to potentially redistribute the cost of permits. Additionally for convenience, parking permits are available for purchase online. “What we find is about a third of the people buy a permit, about a third of the people get [a permit] for free and about a third of the people who should be buying a permit, don’t, and they just take their chance with a parking ticket,” said Zegadlo. The fine for most tickets is $30, which is to be paid within a 15 day period. After 15 days, a $10 late fee will be added. If the ticket goes unpaid for 30 days, then it will be placed on the student account. “We have also been working with the student conduct office; if a student gets more than five citations in a semester, they are referred to student conduct as a disciplinary violation,” said Zegadlo. Thankfully, with the new electronic billing and permit distribution system, more people than in past years are becoming compliant with the policy. The overall advice from the LUPD is to purchase a parking permit, park in the correct lot and walk between classes, meetings, project meetups and events, instead of constantly moving between parking lots. “Buy a permit, park where you are assigned to park, and expect that you’re going to have to walk,” said Zegadlo. Recognize that there is only one entrance and exit from the main campus onto Route 53, which can be heavily congested at times. Another heavily congested intersection is University Drive East and University Drive South near De La Salle: There are two walkways at a three-way stop. Furthermore, the engineering of the roadways are not favorable to current traffic patterns. “Our roadways were built 50 years ago, so they were meant to support a much smaller campus with much less traffic…and investing in improving that infrastructure is very costly, and I think that’s one of the things the administration struggles with. There is little to no budget money from year to year to improve the roadways, signage, repaint lines or fill in potholes,” said Zegadlo. “One of the misconceptions is that the money paid for parking permits goes directly into repaving roads or building new parking lots, it doesn’t; it goes into the university’s general fund.” As a reminder to drivers, many students are walking between classes and crossing university roads. The speed limit is 15 mph on all campus roadways. “All of it is meant to keep the whole system running efficiently…I don’t give awards to my officers for writing a lot of tickets,” said Zegadlo. “There is no incentive for them to be the number one ticket-writer for the month; we write tickets to get people to comply with the policy.” A final note for anyone walking on campus at night, LUPD officers are available to accompany students walking to their vehicle or resident hall. “The police department has personnel available 24/7 to walk with you to your parking lot; so if you even feel in fear or uncomfortable all you have to do is call 815-836-5911 and say, ‘I want someone to walk with me, I’m uncomfortable.’ We’ll send someone right away,” said Zegadlo. LUPD encourage compliance over convenience
October 1, 2018 by Derek Swanson, Co-News Editor A new study published by researchers of Northwestern University have found conclusive evidence that there are at least four distinct personality types. These findings have also been published in the research journal of Nature Human Behavior. Psychologists have long been skeptical over the legitimacy of such personality tests, but this study was conducted in a different way. While accumulating data of over 1.5 million people in the United States and England, researchers of the project concluded that people fall into one of four declared personality types: reserved, role-model, average or self-centered. Previous personality tests, such as the Meyers-Briggs test, had participants answering up to 100 questions about how they feel about themselves. These questions were based entirely on self- reporting. After much debate, psychologists have disputed whether personality types exist at all, but the community has universally agreed that measuring people’s traits is an accurate way of analyzing their said personalities. The five most common traits, also known as the Big Five, are as follows: openness, conscientiousness, extraversion, agreeableness and neuroticism. The researchers involved in the new study, namely William Revelle of Northwestern, developed a broader model to assign people a personality type. The report earns more credibility because it builds on the widely accepted Big Five, instead of creating a new base from scratch that hasn’t previously been tested. For instance, a person with the role-model type would likely have all of the Big Five traits with the exception of neuroticism. The self-centered category would include low scores in openness, agreeableness and conscientiousness, but a higher score in extraversion. Therefore, each type has a mix-and-match of the most common traits. Revelle stated in a report with the Chicago Tribune that personality types were subject to change with age. It is likely that an 18-year-old male would start off in the self-centered category, but eventually move into another type with time and life experience. Perhaps, the most confusing personality type in the list would be the average category. An average person would have typical uniform ratings across the Big Five test. The type is intentionally broad for identifying people that do not have radical personalities. Revelle stated in the Tribune report that he was “not sure what to take away from this observation.” He went on to say, “Meyers-Briggs has done so well because people like to say, ‘Oh, I’m a this.’ This is a complete mistake.” Comprehending the personalities of humans has been the focus of philosophers and scientists for over a millennium. With all the new research and data coming out, it is more likely that people can define their type of personality, but of course there can still be room for error. For example, people from Chicago are likely to identify themselves as someone from Chicago, rather than the Midwest. People want a way to identify themselves with more description, in this case the four archetypes of personality is a way for them to do that. People will have the ability to at least scrape the surface of why they are, the way they are. “I think it’s a super interesting way to categorize people,” said Andrew Sisk, sophomore psychology major. “The whole idea of people simply being an average personality is new to me, but I’m open to learning more about these for types. As for me, I hope I’m more of the role-model or extroverted type.” Psychologists reinvent the four personality type model Infographic by David Olsen.