Liberal Arts Education
Petition to Renee Wachter
Opposition for the Suspension of Major and Minor Programs at UW-Superior
Many students at the University of Wisconsin Superior are outraged at the recent decision to suspend 9 majors, 15 minors and 1 masters program, as well as put 15 other programs on warning. Students and faculty were not consulted about this decision that was announced October 31st. From this policy's announcement date, no students will be allowed to enroll in the suspended programs. The school has stated that this is not for budgetary reasons. But claim instead that majors/minors must be cut because it makes decisions harder for first generation students. This claim is insulting, and the research cited as evidence is not applicable this University's situation. This statement also implies that the majors on this list would be the wrong decisions for first generation students. This decision also goes against the liberal arts principles on which the University was founded. This policy is not in the best interest of students, faculty, or the University as a whole. More importantly, there was no forum for input from students or faculty before this decision was made. PROGRAMS AFFECTED: Suspended (Graduate Programs) Masters in Art Therapy Suspended (Majors/Concentrations) Broad Field Science Broad Field Science (Teaching) Chemistry: Forensic Communicating Arts: Journalism Communicating Arts: Media Political Science Sociology Theatre Visual Arts: Art History Suspended (Minors) Computer Science Computer Science (Teaching) Earth Science Geography Geography (Teaching) Global Studies Health and Human Performance History (Teaching) Journalism Legal Studies Media Communication Photography Physics Physics (Teaching) Psychology (Teaching) PROGRAMS ON WARNING: Warning (Major Programs) Broad Field Social Science Broad Field Social Science (teaching)Chemistry Chemistry (teaching)Computer science EconomicsHistoryHistory (teaching)Mathematics Mathematics (teaching) Warning (Minor Programs) Biology (teaching)Chemistry (teaching)EnglishEnglish (teaching)Mathematics (teaching) The programs cut have little rhyme or reason. For example, the global studies minor on this list costs almost nothing and is a very popular program, whereas gender studies, which also costs nothing but has half the participants isn’t on this list. I am not advocating that either should be cancelled but rather that these choices seem arbitrary and not dictated by student’s desires. Granted, it was stated that this was not for budgetary reasons. In that case, it must be for the students. The implications of this policy are far reaching and will affect the overall quality of the education UW-Superior has to offer. Please sign this petition if you do not approve of this policy and its implementation.
Petition to Jerry Woehr, The Wheaton College Board of Trustees
Let Viv study in the elevator
2016 was a tragic year. Many beloved celebrities passed away, the Brexit vote passed, and we were forced to elect either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump as our next president. But by far the most tragic tragedy of the year was that Viv was banned from studying in the elevator. Banning Viv from the elevator is like banning a narwhal from the Arctic Ocean, or a cucumber from the produce aisle. The elevator is Viv's natural habitat, and as such is an integral part of his liberal arts education. How long will Wheaton College continue to allow this shameless persecution? The time has come for action.