Hello Seton Hall administration! It’s come to the attention of The Setonian that you are planning to change the location of the Career Center and relocate the Walsh Gallery and Seton Hall’s archives to 525 South Orange Avenue.
In response to these plans, the Faculty Senate passed a motion opposing the plans for these renovations. The proposal, they believe “is out of line with the University’s Catholic and liberal arts missions, which are affirmed in the University bylaws,” the motion stated. “We oppose the plan on practical grounds as an imprudent and wasteful use of University resources, and we object to the decision making process, which we feel was not in accordance with the spirit and practice of shared governance.”
Last Thursday, the provost’s office released a memo in response to the Faculty Senate’s motion. Interim provost Karen Boroff said in this memo that it is Seton Hall’s “obligation to present multiple options to [Seton Hall President-elect Dr. Joseph Nyre] that will stimulate donations.”
“Nothing happens without donors,” Boroff noted. “Going forward, given the agility and creativity needed for institutions of higher learning, I know that President Nyre will depend upon every member of this community to surface ideas for experimentation and testing, to have an openess for thinking aloud without the limitations that come from the past.”
It’s no secret that universities like to renovate. Colleges are businesses now, with millions of dollars coming in every year. Despite the price of college skyrocketing in recent decades, colleges are greedy, and Seton Hall is no exception. Seton Hall’s administration wants to take part in these renovations because it will cause more donors to give the school more money. It’s as simple as that. They can go on about “career development” and “helping students” all they want, but the Career Center’s location is not what determines how well it performs.
For 2016 graduates, “the overall career-related employment rate was 90% within six months of graduation." Many of these Seton Hall students utilized the Career Center’s resources. The location of the Career Center doesn’t determine its success.
So, SHU administration, can we perhaps renovate buildings that actually need it, like say Fahy or Mooney?
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