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 […]

Putting Our Education On Ice

April 7, 2011 oracle 0

The issue of budget cuts has brought up many pressing questions and concerns over these past few months, with ideas regarding a potential hiring freeze being thrown into the mix. We at The New Paltz Oracle believe that this is one method of coping with the budgetary shortfall that should be avoided at all costs. At the end of every year, department chairs go to their respective dean and put in requests for faculty positions they would like to see filled. This year, out of 30 requested positions, the administration is only […]