Your Job is Served

May 5, 2011 oracle 0

Welcome back, Jason West. You have a lot of work ahead of you. In the past, you brought the nation’s focus to New Paltz. You delivered big things to this small community. But times have changed, and now you’re working under new constraints. While we hope you remain idealistic, it is important that the decisions you make in the next four years are focused and responsible. Young or old, the very livelihood of each member of this community is at stake. We need fiscal responsibility. This economy has caused families to work too hard for too little and we are losing sight […]

Carrying the Budgetary Weight

April 28, 2011 oracle 0

Monday turned out to be the day that faculty, staff and students anticipated and dreaded for eight months – the budget plan was finally announced. The slicing and dicing required to meet an estimated $6.3 million deficit was calculated, scrutinized and outlined. The waiting game seems to be over, with students in every program emerging victorious since no major or minor was eliminated. But students, be warned: The game is far from finished, as members of the faculty continue to lose. Adjuncts will be axed. Full-time faculty will be […]

Aid Comes First

April 14, 2011 oracle 0

Times are tough — institutions of public higher education are losing state taxpayer support and administrators are calling for tuition increases to fill in the gaps. Although we at The New Paltz Oracle are pleased to see campus officials assist students as much as they can to supplement our needs, it is our hope that the state and federal government will take notice and try to help students graduate from college by offering more financial aid. We applaud Campus Auxiliary Services (CAS) for using leftover dining dollar funds for an applicable scholarship that […]