Otara Principal: Food in schools not the only solution

first_imgNewstalk ZB 30 May 2013Principal of Yendarra school in Otara, Susan Dunlop, talks to Leighton Smith about yesterday’s announcement of a food in schools plan. She says the hype over the programme has portrayed many parents in a bad light and that they can be damagingThis is a great listenhttp://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/auckland/player/ondemand/728896700-susan-dunlop–proof-food-in-schools-not-the-only-solutionlast_img

Board of Trustees expresses support for decision to terminate Marshall dean

first_imgUSC Marshall faculty, students and alumni gathered at Tommy Trojan on Wednesday morning for another protest against the termination of Marshall Dean James Ellis. (Photo courtesy of Greg Autry)The USC Board of Trustees announced its support of the decision to terminate Marshall School of Business Dean James Ellis after a three-hour board meeting Wednesday. The meeting followed after protests from students, faculty, staff and alumni who said Ellis’ term was wrongfully cut short.“Following previous board discussions in October and November, today Interim President Wanda Austin presented to the executive committee and to the full Board of Trustees the facts in the matter involving USC Marshall School of Business Dean Jim Ellis,” the Board of Trustees wrote in a statement to the Daily Trojan. Nearly 30 students, faculty, staff and alumni gathered outside Bovard Auditorium to protest Austin’s decision before the board meeting. Protestors wore “I Stand with Dean Ellis” shirts and held “I Love Dean Ellis” signs.Thomas Papa, former president of the Marshall Alumni Association, attended the rally and said he hopes that the Board of Trustees will disclose more information regarding the grounds for Ellis’ termination to the public.“It’s hard to understand why the decision by the interim president was made,” Papa said. “I hope that’s the first thing that comes out — that we get some facts. Secondly, [I hope] that there is a way forward to keep Ellis as the dean of the business school until sometime when he wants to step down voluntarily.”Ellis announced in an email to the USC community last week that he would step down in June 2019. He said administration reached the decision from records of complaints against Marshall faculty and staff from the Office of Equity and Diversity. “This is surprising and disappointing,” said Skip Miller, an attorney representing Ellis. “There’s never been any hint that Jim Ellis personally did anything wrong, and he hasn’t. In fact, he’s responsible for putting the Marshall school on the map.” This is the USC community’s second rally calling for greater University transparency and due process regarding the decision to terminate Ellis in June 2019, three years before the end of his contracted term. Currently, a petition on Change.org directed to Austin and Board of Trustees Chairman Rick Caruso has garnered over 2,830 signatures by the time of publication. Lloyd Greif, benefactor of the USC Marshall Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, said the second rally was intended to grab the attention of the Board of Trustees and ask for their support before they heard Austin’s reasoning behind the decision. “The only difference [at] the rally today [was] as trustees walked by, we tried to get their attention and talk to them to try and let them know that [Ellis] is a good dean and he should stay,” Greif said. “On Friday, there were no trustees around. That was more about the administration.”Greif said that by approving Austin’s decision, the Board of Trustees demonstrated a lack of transparency, shared governance and due process.“It’s a sad day for USC,” Greif said. “I think transparency, due process and shared governance died in the boardroom today at USC. For them to support the decision made by the interim president to remove this dean when that decision was criticized by the academic senate for lack of transparency and a lack of shared governance, they just rubber-stamped that lack of transparency [and] lack of shared governance.”Sonny Astani, benefactor of the USC Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in the Viterbi School of Engineering, criticized the lack of due process regarding the University’s handling of Ellis’ firing in a letter he wrote to the USC community. “All of us in the USC community who are concerned about the treatment of Dean Ellis have no choice but to demand a full accounting of how the Dean’s dismissal was judged and adjudicated,” Astani wrote. “If the Dean’s ‘punishment’ does indeed fit his ‘crime,’ so be it. If the Dean broke the rules, so be it. Let the rules of our university speak loud and clearly. But if Dean Ellis was terminated on account of rules that were suddenly created on the spot, this should be revealed.”Astani also expressed concern over some of the members on the Board of Trustees, who he believes are straying away from University values.“Being on USC’s Board of Trustees is not a license to use the Board for a platform of political gain outside the University … Great Board of Trustees are known for their focus on the universities they serve,” Astani wrote. “It is time for the Board to serve the University and to fully disclose the process that led to Dean Ellis’s dismissal. If the standard of evidence is lacking, Dean Ellis’s termination must be rescinded, immediately.”Greg Autry, assistant clinical professor at the Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, said he fears that the Marshall school could be negatively affected if the Board of Trustees does not release more information on Ellis’ termination and the charges against him.“We would expect that they would have had to frankly put up or shut up,” Autry said. “They should have to show the evidence of why this decision was made or I think they might’ve had to find a compromise. If they don’t do that, if they continue to force [this on] the Marshall school with no explanation… I’m very concerned about what it will do with alumni, donors and faculty morale.”However, some members of the USC community agree with the Board’s decision in light of the OED complaints the Marshall school received. “I hope the Board’s concurrence with Dr. Austin renews the campus’ resolve to promote accountability and foster a proactive campus culture,” said Alec Vandenberg, a junior majoring in public policy. Edward Mack, a junior majoring in international relations, said the arguments questioning Austin’s authority as interim president are unfounded. “Some argue that because she’s only an Interim President, she does not have the authority to take an action such as this one,” Mack said. “I say this is ridiculous: if that goes beyond her authority, then her title should be changed from ‘Interim President’ to ‘Figurehead,’ as that’s essentially what her role becomes.”Mack said it is Austin’s obligation to execute these decisions during her term, even though her position is temporary.“The responsibility of an Interim President isn’t to sit by and do nothing, particularly at a time in which the University has been rocked by scandal after scandal,” Mack said. “President Austin was brought in as a direct response to the growing number and depth of these scandals … Serious and fundamental change was and is necessary to achieve this goal, but it is imperative that we do not shy away when these changes might be painful.”last_img read more

Badgers falter in late going in overtime loss

first_imgAs far as heart-breaking losses go, Wednesday’s game for the Wisconsin women’s basketball team against No. 22 Nebraska might be the hardest one to swallow this season.The Badgers (10-12, 3-7 Big Ten) hung tough with the Cornhuskers (16-5, 6-3 Big Ten) throughout the first and second halves before the two teams would eventually need overtime to settle the contest. But after clutch baskets by Nebraska All-American Jordan Hooper and guard Tear’a Laudermill in the overtime period, the Cornhuskers emerged victorious, knocking off Wisconsin, 71-70.During the first 20 minutes of action, baskets were hard to come by as both teams combined to make just 19 field goals. Wisconsin, however, was 3-of-4 from beyond the arc and took a 26-21 lead at the break. Nebraska’s 21 points were a season low for any half this season, and the Badgers held Hooper to two points.Fifth-year senior Taylor Wurtz paced the Badgers with 10 points, three rebounds and two assists in the first half. She finished the game with 18 points, 10 rebounds and four assists.The story of the second half was redshirt junior Michala Johnson, who scored 14 of her game-high 24 points in the second frame. Despite Johnson’s efforts, the Cornhuskers kept knocking down three-pointers to keep the game close throughout the half. The largest lead of the second half was just six, held by Wisconsin, and the two teams found themselves tied at 58 with just 1 minute, 18 seconds to go.Following a Hooper basket to tie the game at 60 with 36 seconds to go, Wisconsin took a timeout to set up a final play. Coming out of the timeout, senior Morgan Paige drove to the basket but slipped and fell forcing a turnover to give Nebraska the ball with three seconds left. In the last three seconds Nebraska couldn’t get a shot off, and Wisconsin was heading for its third overtime game of the season.In the overtime period, Johnson scored the first six points for the Badgers, but Nebraska continued to answer with three-pointers by Hooper and Laudermill that would give them a 70-66 lead. After a Johnson basket and Wurtz lay-in, the game was tied at 70 with a minute remaining.A Nebraska free throw gave them a 71-70 lead, and after missed shots by Wurtz and Hooper, Wisconsin had the ball coming out of a timeout with 8.8 seconds to go still down by one. Junior Jacki Gulczynski inbounded the ball and eventually tried to find Johnson in the post, but her pass was batted away by Nebraska’s Emily Cady that sealed the game for the Cornhuskers.“It came down to one play and we didn’t get it,” Badger head coach Bobbie Kelsey said. “[The last play] was to just get [Johnson] the ball. We had it right where we wanted it, but it didn’t go our way. She was scoring all night so we were going to get her the ball and let her see what she could do.”Nebraska was well prepared for the final play. They knew where the ball was likely going to go, according to head coach Connie Yori.“We thought the ball could go to Johnson, but we also thought they could run a ball-screen in that situation,” Yori said. “But we worked on that cross-screen in practice …You have to think that they’re either going to Johnson or run a ball-screen.”It’s a another tough loss for the Badgers who recently ended a four-game losing streak by beating Ohio State this past Sunday.In the end, Laudermill and Hooper were just too much for the Badgers. Laudermill, who was playing through illness, finished with 21 points on 5-of-10 three-point shooting, while Hooper ended up with 15 points and four rebounds.Despite the close game against a ranked team, Wurtz said there are no moral victories, but they can take away valuable information from this game. She added they’re going to use what happened tonight to come back even stronger later in the season.The Badgers will hit the road to face Indiana on Saturday before returning home next Wednesday for a battle with cross-state rival, Minnesota.“We played tough … but we don’t like moral victories,” Wurtz said. “We just have to get back into the gym, watch the film and correct the little mistakes. Now we know that we can play with anybody in this league and we’re going to make a statement towards the end of the season.”last_img read more