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FSU Students Weigh in New To Go Box Policy – Cross Creek Early College

On Friday, January 29, an email was sent to all faculty, staff, and students at FSU from Chancellor Anderson announcing that, as of February 1, there will be no more to-go boxes given to students, staff, faculty, or visitors. This is not a decision that was made by anyone at FSU; the Environmental Health Program Specialist for the Health Department, Ms. Chalisa Y. Davis, R.S., informed university officials that providing to-go boxes violates Cumberland County health code and if FSU continued to violate the health code, the dining hall could be shut down, and the university could be required to pay monetary fines. Health codes are set to protect and promote the health of all individuals and the university, naturally, FSU has opted to comply.

In the instance of student illness, a to-go box can still be delivered if the student has a note from a physician, nurse, or Health center. Additionally, to accommodate students’ eating times, the dining hall will no longer have breaks during the day; popular stations will remain open for students to visit from opening until closing time.   Amid the efforts the university is making to ease the transition, there are mixed feelings about the change.

Jazmin Lynn, freshman, feels that she and other students were tricked. “We were told at open house that there would be to-go boxes available at this university. We assumed that would be true,” she commented.

Destiny Smith, Cross Creek Early College, states that even though she is a high school student, she feels the change is a bad thing since it may “hinder study time for students.“

Shamesha Grant, junior, admits that she “doesn’t do to-go, anyway. But, I do like the new extended hours.”

Shaun Williams, Cross Creek Early College, says that he doesn’t always finish all food in one sitting. “The lack of to-go boxes might lead to more food being wasted,” he stated. “Nobody wants to waste food just because they aren’t hungry.”

Other students such as Brittany Burns, freshman, have neutral attitudes about the change. “I really only eat during fried chicken Wednesday, so this change doesn’t even really matter to me,” she says.

Yet, others think that the lack of to-go boxes is “utterly ridiculous.” An FSU employee who wished to remain anonymous stated, “I just don’t have time to sit and eat most days because I have such a heavy workload. I do understand the sanitation and health issues, but it’d be too easy to put a system in place with reusable to-go boxes. When you swipe in and are given a to-go plate, this could be shown on your card. Until you bring the box back, you are not given another one. This is similar to what they do in the military. Employees just have too much to do to be forced spending time sitting in the dining hall.”

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4.8%: Pilferage Unabated at FSU

Across our nation, and notably in North Carolina, the increase of tuition and fees is out of control. The University of North Carolina system approved an across-the-board average of 4.3% tuition increase along with other fee increases. Apart from a small number of student protestors on hand in Charlotte where the Board meeting was held, little has been publicized about this disconcerting trend.

The alarming rate of increase, the lack of student involvement and the complicities of the constituents make for a recipe to undermine the essence of the public university system in our State. The UNC Board of Governors’ website lists thirty-four members although the vote reported for the increase was 18-9, “an usual split” reported by the News & Observer. The Board list seven women and two African-American men within that list. The names of the members are mostly of a WASP background. This is definitely not a diverse group.

A closer look at the increases across UNC, it is observed that HCBUs are among the highest of the proposed increases: ECSU 3.6%, FSU 5%, NC A&T 6%, and NCCU 4.3%. Chapel Hill’s increase is the second lowest at 2.8% while ECU ranks at the top with 7.3%. Let me remind you that it has been publicized that UNC leaders are saying that there are too many HCBUs and the possibility of closing one of our schools is on the horizon. UNC-Pembroke has been mentioned as one of the first casualties.

4.8% was the reported increase in tuition at Fayetteville State University to the Board of Trustees by the Provost in March. In addition, the Board of UNC has approved a $30 security fee to be paid by all students. The tuition increase is supposed to go toward salary increases as was discussed in the February Staff Senate Minutes but if you dare ask one of your professors if she or he is receiving an increase you might be surprised at the answer. One professor told me he was not receiving anything at this time except for a promised one-time merit pay of $500 this coming June.

So where is this money going? At FSU, there are discussions of creating an advisement center. This will not take your professor-advisor out of the process to assure more time for teaching or research. So far it sounds like another way to create more bureaucracy and jobs without bringing the needed improvements for faculty salaries. The lack of faculty and the low salaries contribute to difficulty in obtaining quality personnel and can affect accreditation.

As for the $30 security fee tacked onto your bill in August, it is supposed to go towards police officer salaries. Again, the Board of Governors approved this because they trust our campus leadership. However, a request to Charles Kimble, the Associate Vice-Chancellor of Police and Public Safety/Chief on how the $30 increase will be spent and how many police officers are on the roster went unanswered. Mr. Kimble also serves as the Assistant Chief of Police for the City of Fayetteville where all that Force’s information is located online for public consumption. Statistically, the City of Fayetteville has one officer per every 515 resident and with an additional grant that ratio was lowered to 491.

FSU has a reported student population of over 6100 but falling. Therefore, it would be of interest to know if we need to hire more officers or if their pay will increase and by what amount. No statistics are available at FSU online and few administrators are concerned with informing those who pay these fees. Fees are rising faster than tuition and now account for the greater portion of the total cost of attending. How many students are aware of this steady increase? There is another increase forecasted for next year.

The United States Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that the Consumer Price Index (CPI) has been at or below 1.0 for the last decade but university tuition is skyrocketing. The April 17 release of the CPI in the South Region is in line with the nation at 0.6% in March. If student pay is not rising at the rate of inflation and student loan interest remains above that of other lending trends, then how is this scenario going to end?

Student loans are now the largest debt owed in this country. Students at some institutions have already begun campaigns not to repay loans. FSU student apathy is most likely due to a combination of youthful ignorance and government dependence. Many students are funded by FASFA or through the military so the attitude is that it is not their problem. University leadership is savvy to this concept and takes advantage of the economic model.

An April 9, 2015 FSU Press Release boast of the affordability of FSU’s online programs. Online degrees are now the new cash cow of universities. The issue is both the quality of this type of education and how traditional learning is affected by waning interest.

In the end, the public university system could collapse from its present form to where the public school system finds itself today: segregated, unequal and insolvent. Our university leadership has a duty to fight for the values of a UNC HCBU to uplift the first generation of college students without regard for their own pockets. Students must also come to a realization that affordability is a continuing battle and it is important to challenge the decision-makers to guarantee that opportunity for all.

 

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Miss Dogwood Festival

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Racquel Broomfield center right in white dress.

I am Racquel Broomfield and it was an amazing experience to run against talented beautiful individuals in the Miss Fayetteville Dogwood Festival. Although I did not place or win the title I had the honor to take the place of the People’s Choice Awards and that really meant a lot to me. Running for Miss Dogwood Festival was an achievement goal that I have always wanted to do and I do not wish to have done anything different. My friends were there with encouraging words and my mother was sending her support and love from over seas. I would like to thank God for his blessings and everyone who was there for me.  I love you guys.

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