Student Trustee Election Results
Mary Dwyer (ME ‘19) won the majority of the votes in the school-wide election for Student Trustee against Irisa Llana (Arch ‘21). Dwyer received 116 votes, and Llana received 81. The Board of Trustees will interview both candidates and select one to be a voting member of the board for a two-year term. The new student trustee will replace Jessica Marshall (EE ‘17) and join Julian Mayfield (Art ‘18), who was elected last year. The selected candidate will also serve on the Governance Committee and the Academic and Student Affairs Committee.
The student body selected the candidates in a ranked-choice system, where voters picked the candidates in their order of preference, so the total number votes do not correspond to the total number of voters. Votes were cast online April 5-11.
Dean Baker to Leave Cooper
Vice President of Community Affairs and Dean of Athletics Stephen Baker will retire on June 30, 2017 after 51 years of experience. In his letter, which was sent as a campus-wide email, Dean Baker expressed his gratitude to the Cooper community, and he added: “I know when I leave that I am leaving the college and its scholar-athletes in very capable hands as it continues to carry on our great traditions.”
“Many thanks, Steve,” President Laura Sparks wrote in the same email, “for all you have done and created for The Cooper Union.”
Dean Baker closed his letter with the usual “thanks and C.U. later.”
Get those voting fingers ready, another election season is upon us! Student Trustee voting begins Wednesday, April 5, and it all kicks off tomorrow, April 4, at the Student Trustee Forum hosted by The Pioneer. Together, our two candidates, Mary Dwyer (ME ‘19) and Irisa Llana (Arch ‘21), will participate in the forum in the hopes of winning the student vote and becoming selected by the Board as our new trustee.
Yet, maybe it is precisely that impetus to move forward that might get in the way of the intent of the draft.
On Tuesday March 7, 2017, a campus notice was sent to the Cooper community containing the current draft of the mission statement of Cooper Union. The draft was sent with hopes that it “will generate the kind of discussion and debate that will add to the renewed sense of institutional purpose at this time,” while also aiming to receive input from the community.
A Joint Student Council committee is currently rewriting The Cooper Union Code of Conduct to keep the administration and student body up to date with the ethics and conduct expected of Cooper students. The committee members—Octavia Parker (Arch ‘20), Marianna Tymocz (ChE ‘18), Clara Zinky (Art ‘17), and Anton Luz (CE ‘18)—have been meeting weekly with Dean Christopher Chamberlin to ensure that the new code will be written to express the best interest of students and faculty. They are in the process of presenting the current, and hopefully final, draft to the JSC for ratification.
The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) at The Cooper Union is collaborating with supportive faculty members in order to introduce a forum at Cooper. The forum, called “Let’s Talk,” aims to increase conversation about the experience of women at Cooper as well as in the engineering workforce. The forum aims to offer support and advice to those who need it and could provide learning opportunities for those who want to know more about what their female colleagues experience daily.
Each class level will now register for the fall 2017 semester starting at 9 a.m. during the April 18-21 registration period, according to the Registrar’s Office. So far, the administration has made no further changes to the process.
The change was intended to facilitate registration for students: Administrators can address students’ problems immediately since registration will take place at the start of business hours. According to Associate Registrar David Chenkin in an email: “The deans decided [9 a.m. registration] would be easier for students who needed more help from their advisors.” He added that “advisors and administrators would more likely be available.”
Whether this change will help or hinder students is yet unclear. Classes at Cooper typically start at 9 a.m., and some start as early as 8 a.m. Students who have morning classes may have trouble registering until much later in the day. Potential conflicts with the new registration time seem imminent for some in the engineering school; at least one test is scheduled for 9 a.m. during registration.
Previously, registration has started at 12 a.m.—a time when a majority of Cooper students seem to be available. The one downside to midnight registration is that students must wait until the next morning to resolve any scheduling problems.
So far only the engineering school’s class schedule for next semester has been released. The administration will likely send out a campus-wide email with more detailed registration instructions in the coming weeks. ◊
The Fun Committee of ESC hosted the fifth annual Faculty Auction last Wednesday evening in the Rose Auditorium. Over 100 students came after class, cash in hand, to bid on 159 spots with 51 different professors. This year, every professor sold.
The auction raised a grand total of $3,356 for the Fun Committee to use on future events, almost double last year’s total. The money made from the Faculty Auction will be given right back to the student body in the form of events including: cookies and coffee, therapy dogs, midnight breakfast, and Assassin.
The Faculty Auction lets students bid on opportunities to spend time with professors outside of a school environment. Often, these activities are tailored to the interests of the professor, so students can see how professors enjoy spending their time—besides teaching, of course. Some offers make annual appearances and become events that students look forward to. For example, there are the sought-after meditation session with ME professor George Sidebotham and the physics movie night hosted by professor Philip Yecko.
The “grand prize” that students anticipate every year is Career Center head Jolie Woodson’s investment towards professional development. The investment goes towards the GRE, membership to a professional society, or expenses to attend a professional conference. The prize regularly sets the record for highest bid, this year going for a record $250 per student!
One of the most unique prizes was offered up by new adjunct professor Christopher Curro. The highest bidder could choose which vegetable Curro would eat and, on top of that, spend a nice day in New York City with him and two friends. Professors Michael Kumaresan and Bob Hopkins both offered up a day out to a sporting event. A highly coveted prize this year was offered by President Laura Sparks, who will host two nights of home-cooked meals with her family for a dozen students.
Not only is the Faculty Auction itself an entertaining event, but it also provides the committee with the means to make more fun events in the future. If you didn’t come this year, there’s always next year, and Fun Committee will work to make each auction bigger and better! ◊