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Wow, someone knows how to do research better than Vindy opinionators. I'm SHOCKED! SHOCKED!
Congresswatcher has it right. The majority of people in this valley think football is going to bring the region success. Forget about educating the populace for better jobs or to give birth to the next entrepreneur with an incredibly idea. That's so dumb. Let's tailgate!!!
December 7, 2014 at 10:15 p.m.
badeepster, I did as you suggested--the reporter's job here--and looked up the conference to find out what comparable salaries for faculty at those schools in the conference YSU insists on playing in are.
My findings are laughable. If YSU wanted to compare themselves academically with how the faculty at those same schools are treated, people would have the biggest fit in the world. Because they're treated incredibly better than YSU profs are.
Also, yeah, difference between those schools and here are that people actually attend the games. Sometimes they even win!
December 7, 2014 at 10:13 p.m.
What are the comparable institutions? I wonder if they are the same ones they use to compare YSU faculty salaries with, which are actually community colleges and state colleges far behind YSU like Shawnee State. More information would make this newspaper more credible.
December 7, 2014 at 5:11 p.m.
Haha, Fence-sitter-Desouza. One week coming from one point of view, the following week miming the opposite. No wonder no one really likes his opinions. They're so clearly arranged to inflame and annoy, rather than be informative and thought through carefully, maybe examining as many sides of an issue as possible in one go. You get what you pay for here, folks. Blah, blah, blah, 24/7.
And as for no shortage of academics, nope there isn't. But just as above, you get what you pay for. You can replace academics, and the ones you bring in won't be the grateful slaves you'd like them to be. They'll just be the next set of people to look around at YSU's administration behind the curtains and the smoke and mirrors that the media around here like to put up around the upper levels of that place, and they'll see what's up there in no time, and then the entire situation will replicate itself. Do you really think all things in life are solved by throwing out hundreds of people? Silly simpletons think like that. People who understand that life is more complicated know that resolutions are often complex matters.
Ugga buggah. Ugga buggah boo, say the haters.
December 7, 2014 at 1:07 p.m.
I love the people who immediately have solutions to all the world's problems who comment on threads constantly. It makes me wonder why they're not presidents of universities or nations or corporations, since they know everything.
I don't understand how Bertram Desouza can get away with interpreting faculty's message in these dealings, which he does several times over in this one column. To me, even though this is an opinion piece, DeSouza should probably actually talk to leaders of the union negotiating team to find out what the message is. I have a feeling it has NOTHING to do with Tressel, and everything to do with the faculty losing about 5 to 6 percent of their take-home over the last three year contract, and now being asked to take home even less, about 4 to 5 percent less. Just because a contract has words like "bonuses" and "2 percent raise in year three" doesn't mean those bonuses and raises add up to how much they're giving up in other parts of the contract.
A good newspaper would find these things out and report them. Don't expect that here though.
November 30, 2014 at 6:07 p.m.
Clearly you don't understand what the 40k is, billdouche. It's not an incentive to retire. It's compensation for those already on their way out who had paid into the system that supported ETS for decades. Do you know what ETS is? Probably not. Maybe you should ask this fantastic newspaper to explain things like that, because they conveniently don't, leaving the average citizen uninformed about how to actually interpret the goings-on of their local community.
November 24, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
No, oviets, it means that people realized you're too stupid to talk to.
November 2, 2014 at 6:32 p.m.
From what I understand, the YSU faculty isn't demanding MORE, they're drawing a line in the sand and saying NO MORE of this crap where the board and admin overspend, mis-appropriate money from healthcare funds to use in the general fund, and hire and appoint people without transparency, which I thought the Vindy was a big fan of, right? Am I right? Where's the transparency here?
And oh my lord, those quotes from Kasich show just how uneducated he is. He has no clue what deans are or what their function is. Higher Education, in his hands, will crumble. It already is. Ask around the entire state.
And believe me, your kids will keep getting their tuition raised until he's stopped.
October 30, 2014 at 4:43 p.m.
I think it's interesting how some people will leap to think of students as pawns in a potential faculty strike's game. Why do people never think of administration or Board of Trustees using students as a pawn in their game against employees?
It was the administration that withheld student loans from students three years ago, when faculty threatened to strike due to an outsized concessionary contract. The faculty called off that strike because they didn't want the administration to hold the students' money hostage. Who was playing a game there?
If you want to know the truth, all of this is due to Kasich's defunding of higher education. Four years ago, Ohio universities were funded 80% percent by the state. Now, they are funded 20% by the state. That means universities like YSU will be stripping money from faculty and ALSO from STUDENTS (and their parents) to make up for the loss of support from state government.
SO in the end, the faculty and staff are all being forced into lower quality job lives and STUDENTS too are being asked to pay MORE.
Who's playing a game here? I don't see admin taking less, or reducing their staff, do you? I don't see anyone trying to explain why all of this has actually occurred? I wonder why? I wonder how many board of trustee members were appointed by republican governors, and how by Kasich.
Maybe this is the makings of a good investigative report. I wonder if ANY local news outlet will ever look into it very deeply.
October 23, 2014 at 1:32 p.m.
Agreed, Seriouslee. Regardless of the various mathematical processes mentioned in the article, it seems the administration literally moved two million from employee health contributions into the general fund. That is not a normal, or legal, thing to do, regardless of how employee contributions are calculated.
Follow the money, folks, instead of being distracted by formulas that aren't a real answer. If admin moved money from a health care reserve to the general fund, then something illegal has occurred, period.
October 18, 2014 at 5:55 p.m.