CC considers its own future following fall elections results

As College Council (CC) leadership re-evaluates the organization’s future role following a series of controversies and sharp drop in popularity last spring, both CC and the honor and discipline committee announced their newly elected candidates for this year on Monday. Though the executive board will look toward new members and the student body to determine its direction in the upcoming months, low numbers of candidates, dwindling voter turnout, and underrepresentation of many identities pose serious concerns in the eyes of many CC executive board members.

Faculty to vote on online student course survey

In tonight’s faculty-wide meeting, the Student Course Survey Implementation Committee will introduce the findings of the most recent pilot for a new, online Student Course Survey (SCS). The faculty will decide tonight whether to withhold students’ grades in order to incentivize SCS participation. 

The online SCS was first recommended by the Committee on the Evaluation of Teaching in April and May of 2017.

Grant bolsters Islandora

Last Tuesday, the College announced that it received a $153,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in support of the Islandora for All project. Islandora is an open-source software framework meant to consolidate and publicize faculty scholarship.

David Edwards receives AES book prize

Last week, the American Ethnological Society (AES) awarded Professor of Anthropology David Edwards its 2018 Senior Book Prize for his work, Caravan of Martyrs: Sacrifice and Suicide Bombing in Afghanistan. This was reviewed in an issue of the Record following its 2017 publication (“David Edwards analyzes transformation of martyrdom in new book,” April 26, 2017).  The AES Senior Book Prize is given biennially to “a work that speaks to contemporary social issues with relevance beyond the discipline and beyond the academy,” according to the AES website.

Honor committee revises code

On Sept. 10, Dean of the College Marlene Sandstrom emailed the student body about two significant changes to the College’s academic Code of Conduct.