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Petition to PrattMWP Residence Life, Shannon Hitchcock Schantz, Donna Moran, Joella Burt

PrattMWP Housing Concern

Recently, current freshmen at PrattMWP were informed that next year, many of the incoming students would get a majority of the housing typically reserved for sophomores. We also learned that the next incoming class will be larger, and as a result, the school will begin putting more students in dorm rooms. We, the class of PrattMWP 2019, ask this:  We would like the number of sophomore rooms in the Plant and Cottage dormitories for this upcoming school year to be around the same number it was this year, not drastically less. We understand that there is a concern with the connection between freshman and sophomore students, but we believe that this change will not help. Many of the few freshmen living in Cottage and Plant do not feel closer to their sophomore students than those living in Hart do. Most friend groups are based upon who we have classes with, not who we're neighbors with. We're open to any other solutions to this concern. President of the programming board, Colette Bernard, is already planning events that will help freshmen and sophomores to get to know each other.  If PrattMWP is going to increase class size and put more students in rooms, we would like the option of living off campus. It is unfair for us to be forced to pay more to live in a smaller, more cramped space than it would be for us to live on our own. Putting more people in rooms will make it harder for us to be productive, and it will make it easier for illnesses to spread. The majority of colleges allow students to live off campus, and we cannot think of a good reason why we should be denied this right.  We also would like to address the fact that many maintenance issues we have reported are frequently ignored and can take up to months to be fixed, such as mold in Plant, broken washer and driers in all dorms, etc. As students who pay tuition, we deserve a safe and healthy environment, and we deserve the utilities covered in our housing fees.  We hope that PrattMWP can acknowledge our concerns and reason a solution with us. Many of us enjoy attending school here and we would hate to lose that enjoyment.   

Kellie Cher
116 supporters
Started 1 week ago

Petition to Dr. Shalinee Chikara

Replace Lowest Exam Grade with Final Exam

I am a sophomore at Auburn University. I am creating this petition in regard to my concerns about the PHYS 1500 class I am enrolled in this semester with Dr. Chikara. I am a hardworking, proactive student who is very concerned about my academic success, therefore I felt it prudent to share my insight with you regarding my experience within this course thus far. I do not feel as though I, along with other students in my PHYS 1500 course, are being adequately or accurately taught the material, nor are we given opportunities to be successful in this course. This is concerning to me as a student with aspirations to attend a professional graduate program in the future, as not only will my grade in this class have a substantial negative impact on my 3.9 GPA, but more importantly, the foundation of information I learn in this class is essential to move forward in my subsequent PHYS 1510 class. From attending lectures and labs, reading and taking notes from the textbook, completing Pre-Class assignments, ExpertTA homework assignments and worksheets, the students of this course have worked incredibly hard to be successful in this course. Further, I know many of these students actively seek help from peer tutors, classmates and weekly SI sessions. This effort has not been reflected in our course exam grades. When we express our concerns and share our studying efforts with Dr. Chikara, she has told us repetitively that we are just expected to work harder; we were not offered direction as to how to be more successful in this course. Our questions go unanswered, and the course material is not explained. I often leave class feeling more confused and defeated than before, and I know for fact other students feel the same way. I feel at a loss, as I truly do not know what I can do to be successful in this course. The test averages in our course thus far have been a 67, 55 and 57 for Exams 1, 2 and 3, respectively. I understand physics is a difficult course, however I do not believe these failing averages are a reflection of my classmates and I’s efforts being put forth for this course.                 I truly appreciate you taking the time to acknowledge my concerns regarding this issue. After sharing some insight from my perspective, I hope that changes will be made regarding the welfare of our class. Specifically, I believe that replacing the lowest exam grade from the semester with our final exam grade, given it is higher than the earlier exam score, is a fair solution. If students can succeed on the final exam, more so than on previous exams, it shows they have put in the effort to improve and have actually learned the course material. This is a process used in many different classes, specifically other Physics I classes at Auburn University taught by different professors. I would appreciate your support and/or additional ideas to help us achieve success. Thank you in advance for your time, concern, and consideration.  

Calista Rogers
255 supporters