Category: Progress Editorials

Abrupt closing left more panic than peace-of-mind

Campus safety is nothing to shrug off, and on Wednesday, Oct. 7, Eastern took a threat seriously when it cancelled classes for the remainder of that week. The decision was a bold one, but not entirely out of line considering our country’s history of gun violence and school shootings. In February, when a similar threat was written in the Combs Building bathroom stall, class was made optional for a day so students wouldn’t be penalized for feeling unsafe. The announcement came the day after the university announced they were committed to continuing classes and pursing their mission of educating its students. “Just as we did with a similar threat last February, we will get through this difficult time by working together, looking out for each other and remaining vigilant,” President Michael Benson said in an email addressed to campus Tuesday afternoon. “I cannot emphasize enough that the University remains open and committed to its mission. Classes are being held as usual.” Less than 12 hours later, Benson released a new statement canceling classes for the week. Students, faculty and parents were concerned by the sudden news. The bravado of the administration was something we could all stand behind. They told us every resource was looking into the threat, and we would all be safe so long as we stood together. That all crumbled Wednesday morning, as students panicked over...

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An explanation for our editorials

We at The Progress sincerely hope you were aware of Student Senate’s approved vote this past Tuesday to implement a mandatory $150 fee, as this will affect every single student enrolled in Eastern for the next 20 years. In case you didn’t know, the fee is designed to pay off debt services accrued by a 20-year agency bond Eastern is going to request during the state general assembly in January 2016. The bond will pay for the new Center for Student Life, in which its envisioned that Powell will be renovated and phase two of the rec center will be constructed. Despite the significance of this fee, we did not see any publication, created by SGA readily available to every student, no fliers strewn about Middle Powell and no booth to harass students as they are walking to class. Shouldn’t every student have been talking about this? Several students we’ve spoken to had no idea such a proposal existed and were shocked this hasn’t had more attention. What The Progress did not do was take a stand on the fee itself. What we called for was a postponement of the vote so students could learn more about the fee and have their questions and concerns heard by their student senators elected for just that reason. We are extremely disappointed in the lack of a unified effort by the Student...

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