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Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor, Regarding merit pay for faculty, I’d like us to slow down and to think carefully about the following points. First, I am not aware of compelling empirical data supporting the assumption that merit increases will serve as an incentive for faculty to be more productive. Second, assuming that a percentage increase in base salary is an incentive, will an increase of any size, 2-4 percent... 

La Verne ponders merit pay

Mariela Patron News Editor Robert Penalber Editor in Chief A new policy is in the works to raise faculty wages based on their performances in teaching, research and professional service. Under Provost Greg Dewey, two task forces researching workload and merit pay are working together to build a plan that could become policy. With such a policy, the University would reward faculty members who excel... 

ULV merges marketing offices for 2020 plan

Alejandra Aguilar Staff Writer The marketing and public relations offices at the University of La Verne have combined into a new unit: The Strategic Enrollment Manage­ment and Communications department, as part of the University’s 2020 Strategic Vision plan. The new unit has two goals: to achieve national recognition for institutional distinction and to achieve national recognition for educational... 

Adjunct union deserves support

University adjunct faculty members have recently filed for unionization with the National Labor Relations Board, looking toward improved pay, job security, access to benefits and more. Currently 60 percent of the classes on the main campus are taught by adjuncts. Students should take this number into consideration and stand behind our adjuncts in unionization. Most adjuncts at the University are paid... 

University takes on Green Challenge

Kristina Bugante Arts Editor The University of La Verne is one of the only two universities in California to commit to the Billion Dollar Green Challenge to focus on funding sustainable and environmentally sound projects around campus. The Billion Dollar Green Challenge, launched by the Sustainable Endowments Institute alongside 16 other organizations, encourages colleges, universities and other institutions... 

Lieberman presents campus progress report

Alejandra Aguilar Staff Writer In her State of the University address for fall 2013 on Wednesday, University President Devorah Lieberman laid out the highlights and challenges for the current academic year. Lieberman spoke before an audience of students, staff and faculty and also described La Verne’s growth trends for the past five years. Since 2008, the number of undergraduate students has increased... 

Shuttle lot should be a choice

Vista residents are awaiting the dreaded email to let them know what day they have to begin parking in the off-campus shuttle lot, anticipated for some time this month after all of the renovations are done to that lot, thus beginning another chapter in the ULV parking rigmarole Before the off-campus shuttle lot existed, students were in an uproar over parking and it did not help that the University... 

City makes University pay for new traffic lights

Clo Hidalgo Staff Writer The University of La Verne funded two left turn signals on the corner of D Street and Arrow Highway, which went into service last month. The traffic light cost the University $75,000, and came out of the Vista La Verne budget. The traffic light had to be placed in order for ULV to be able to build Vista La Verne. “We submitted a traffic study saying that we thought the intersections... 

Sophomore La Verne Experience focuses on interpersonal ties

Robert Penalber Managing Editor University administrators will launch phase two of the La Verne Experience – the sophomore experience – in the fall of 2014. The Sophomore La Verne Experience, or SOLVE, will essentially be a two-unit course centered around student involvement. An optional pilot program of SOLVE will launch during spring semester 2014. Administrators are currently working to fill... 

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor, I read your Op-Ed piece “Student voices are not being heard” (April 5) and if it’s any consolation, the faculty often finds itself in the same position. But I know it’s not and I do commend you for speaking up. To effect change, however, students will have to be not only vocal, but also persistent, and be willing to take action. The food service workers’ decision to unionize... 
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