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Student Speak Out Spring 2011

Hello everybody, it’s time for Student Speak Out again.  No stream this time due to unforeseen circumstances, which means we are going old school!  Refresh this page to see updates on questions asked and responses.  If you have a question, tweet at us at or ask us on Facebook at!

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Posted by    Date: Wednesday, April 6, 2011

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Year in Review: Top Stories of 2010

I was reminded that it is time to take a look back when Marietta College posted their own Top 10 Stories list, so here they are…the 10 stories that received the most traffic on Writing on the Mall in 2010.

10 – Looking Back At Campus Flooding

This was the only story submitted by Tom Perry’s writing classes to make it to the Top 10.  Stacy Frederick did a great retrospective piece on the 2004 and 2005 floods.  The Ohio River went over its banks twice that year, flooding Marietta and the College in the process.  Frederick’s article had some great interviews with alumni and College officials, and shows the improvements made to the College’s flooding preparedness plans.

You can read that article here.

9 – Student Speak Out Coverage

Our Student Speak Out coverage was so popular this Fall that it actually crashed the site, which I was impressed by.  If you want to take a look back, here is the Spring 2010 and Fall 2010 live blog pages.  We will actually have our Top Questions from the Fall Student Speak Out here this week.

8 – Student Senate Posters Get Defaced

Maybe when I originally ran this story, it was a bit “Fox News”-ish.  But apparently readers wanted to hear about Student Senate candidate posters getting defaced.  The original story ran here.

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Posted by    Date: Tuesday, December 28, 2010

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Student Speak Out Video Now Available

We’ll have the recap of all the major discussions sometime tomorrow, but for now, here’s the video.  Thanks to Dave Hood and Terry Plant for spearheading WCMO-15’s live stream of the event, with help from Allison Holton, Liz Frank, and Jackie Hartle.

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Posted by    Date: Wednesday, October 20, 2010

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Speak Out: Panel Members Announced

Student Speak Out is tonight in the McDonough Auditorium starting at 7 PM.  Writing on the Mall will have full coverage, thanks to support from WCMO-15, Marietta College’s student-run television station.  We’ll have our usual live blog up tonight, but we will be supplanting that with streaming video from WCMO-15.  If you can’t make it, but would like your questions asked tonight, leave a comment to this article with your question.

The list of panel members has been announced, and they include:

Jean Scott

Provost and Dean of the College
Dr. Rita Kipp

VP of Administration and Finance
Dan Bryant

Director of Student Financial Services
Kevin Lamb

Director of Dining Services
Belinda Swartz

Vice President of Student Life
Dr. Bob Pastoor

Assistant Director of Student Activities and Greek Life
Jacob Tidwell

Director of Residence Life
Bruce Peterson

Chief of Campus Police
Tom Saccenti

Director of Athletics
Larry Hiser

Director of Physical Plant
Fred Smith

Chief Information Officer Administrative Computing
John Davis

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Posted by    Date: Wednesday, October 20, 2010

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LIVE BLOG: Student Speak-Out Spring 2010

This is the Live Blog for Writing on the Mall’s coverage of Student Senate’s Student Speak-Out.

8:41 – Kyle thanks everybody for coming.  Attendence – 65.  That’s It!  Have a safe Spring Break!  Special thanks to the panel for coming to the event.

8:39 – Laura Fink asks if something can be done to help the cheerleading squad get new uniforms?  Hiser says that a fundraising plan is in place to help them get new uniforms by this Fall or next Fall.  Cheerleading is treated as a club.  They are not expected to be at away games.  Only home games for both genders.

8:38 – Student asks why his academic dishonesty record cannot be cleared after being found innocent.  Kipp says she will check on the issue.

8:35 – Is tuition going up next year?  Total is $36,780.  Breakdown is the following – Tuition $27,640 – Student Fee $590 – Health Center Fee $110 – Room (average double) $4,580 – Board $3,860.  (Ed. Note – Not sure what this is compared to last year)

8:35 – Looking for an early place to print off stuff?  The ARC opens at 7:30 and has a full computer lab. (Ed. Note – Trailed off originally…edited to finish the thought)

8:31 – Patrick asks if the Athletic department could helps students get to Baseball games more easily?  Physical Plant says that the existing agreement does not allow for students to flash an ID and travel for free.  Hiser will look into transportation methods to help more students get to games.

8:29 – Kyle answers another question – Is there anything that can be done for students that want to cut through the DBRC after it closes, while the Library remains open.  Hiser says that they could maybe open for another hour?

8:24 – Jordan Stryker wonders if Residence Life can do more to make sure that a “Three Strikes” policy is followed.  Dr. Pastoor says that he will be looking at the disciplinary process in the future.  Discipline is not black and white, so things can seem fair for some or unfair for others.  He says that the punishment must fit the crime.  Kipp adds that on first offense, Kipp usually refers to the Professor who reports the problem.  All academic dishonesty reports are logged and kept track of.  Second offenders will face a more harsh punishment.

8:23 – Nicole complements Larry Hiser for helping a capstone class, but also wonders if coaches could be asked to encourage athletes to participate in multiple sports.  Hiser says that the student should see him to discuss the issue.

8:19 – Nicole asks what services the Career Center offers.  The Career Center rep is here, and mentions the services, which include the Monday Message, career fairs, class presentations, etiquette dinners, web resources, resume uploading and critiques.  Postcards were sent to parents, and the center is part of a new family initiative.  Any new ideas are welcome to be presented by students.

8:16 – Laura Fink asks if the white house (312 Putnam) by the Sigma Kappa house is owned by the College (yes, it is).  Kipp says that nothing is currently planned at the moment.  Fink also asks if the Honors House is being forced to close.  Kipp says that the Honors House confuses students that are also looking at College Honor Programs, which are not affiliated with the housing.  While students are very active, she wishes they could find another name.  College wants to protect its Honors Program.  They’d like to see the housing’s name changed.

8:15 – Ritchie Frederick wants to clarify that non-affiliated students are causing alcohol-related problems at the ATO house, not ATO brothers.  He wants to see that clarification made.  Travis says he is happy to work with ATO on problems.

8:12 – Kyle reads another question – regarding Alpha Tau Omega’s housing situation.  Travis welcomes any ATO member to come talk with him about city zoning laws and how they affect fraternities moving off campus.  It’s really really complicated.  Recently-passed ordinances require that certain areas require blood relatives to rent or own housing…not directed at Fraternities and Sororities specifically, but at college students.

8:11 – Patrick asks if Security Screens and a Phone Box could be installed at the Lambda Chi Alpha house.  Physical Plant (surprise) look into it.

8:08 – Brakey asks if student ID cards could be reinforced so that they don’t break as easily, and if the $25 fee to re-issue cards could be waived in those situations?  CPS says that the card will be replaced if the card dies.  They charge if it does not appear to be normal wear-and-tear.

8:08 – More smoking complaints, this time from Russell Hall

8:06 – Student asks about the smoking policy outside of buildings and was wondering if enforcement of smoking policies could be upped.  Also asked about a water fountain in Mary Beach.  Dr. Pastoor will look into it.

8:06 – Charlie Philpot wanted to thank the administration for hiring Ellen the RD (sitting on stage).

8:05 – Blakely Dye wanted to thank CPS for good work this semester.

8:05 – Dave Hood asks if a yellow box phone could be installed at the Delta Tau Delta House.  Physical Plant will look into it.

8:01 – Kevin wonders if there is a new dorm being constructed and if Parsons will be torn down.  RD’s are waiting for Kevin’s donation to begin construction.  Scott replies that a new residence hall had been planned and drawn out, but then the international markets crashed and the College could not borrow money for the project.  The College is looking to change the plans since the project is not planned to be constructed anytime soon.  Physical Plant says they are not neglecting Parsons.  All security screens will be installed soon on Parsons.

8:00 – Ian asks if Bartlett’s propane leak problems could be fixed.  Physical Plant says there was a small gas leak this year in a classroom.  They will follow up on the problem.

7:59 – Emma asks if students could follow up on course evaluations.  Kipp suggests going to department chairs or talking with herself.  Students should not be afraid to talk to their professor about problems they may have directly.

7:56 – Freshman student asks if financial packages could be released sooner.  A friend was left with many account problems that prevented her from eating or purchasing books.  The answer is to discuss the problem with Student Accounts and Financial Services.  They want to work with students to help them.  Says that a breakdown in communication may have led to the friend’s problem.

7:55 – Eric asks why there is a scanner at the back of Mary Beach and not the front?  RD’s will look into it. (Ed. Note – I need to copy/paste “Will Look Into It”)

7:54 – Student asks if pineapples and grapes could be the only fruit in fruit cups.  They will follow up on it.

7:53 – Carr asks if the piano in Harmar House (aka the DU house) could be repaired/tuned for students to enjoy.  Travis says he will talk to Allison and see if they can talk to DU Housing Corps.

7:53 – Student asks if premium channels could be purchased.  Physical Plant will follow up on that for a new dorm project.

7:52 – Bonakoski asks if link to Physical Plant work request form could be put on MyMC?  Physical Plant will look into it.

7:51 – Patrick Hahe suggests that area code and region code could be added to phone numbers in publications.  Administrators agree.

7:49 – Brakey asks if we can get Fox Sports Ohio on cable?  Physical Plant can’t do anything about that.  Suddenlink provides cable to the college and the area.

7:48 – Chuck Bonakoski asks why the front door of Fayerweather keeps getting left open or can be pulled open easily.  Physical Plant will add it to the now-growing to-do list.  Physical Plant reminds students they can submit work requests online.

7:47 – Alex Edelbrock asks if the cable in Parsons could be fixed.  Physical Plant says they will look into the problem.

7:46 – Blakely Dye asks if the drinking fountain on the first floor could be fixed to remove the acidic taste.  Physical Plant says they will flush the system.

7:44 – Kyle has another student question – Why are there card readers on bathroom doors?  RD responds that bathrooms in A&H has uni-sex bathrooms have card readers for safety reasons.  Laura Fink asks what happens after the students that requested them leave?  Kipp responds that it’s all to make things safer on campus.

7:42 – Tim Carr asks small fire pits could be placed around campus.  Travis says that you can fill out applications to use a fire pit around campus.  There will be a slight charge to cover wood costs.  This will start in the Fall.

7:42 – Why is water free with meal plan at Upper Gilman but $0.25 extra at Izzy’s?  Not sure

7:41 – Writing on the Mall Question – Izzy’s is closing early and workers are irratable – Rep says that it will be discussed with Chartwells

7:39 – Kyle reads another question from Facebook – this one is regarding problems with finding work that are not work-study jobs.  Financial Services says that they should come talk to him.  It’s not just a problem at Marietta, but other schools as well.

7:37 – Emily Brunning asks if Gilman Express could bring back breakfast service and if seats could be added to the Chlapaty Cafe.  Walter is not here to answer, but another person (Physical Plant?) answers that it is part of the discussion with Chartwells for next year.

7:36 – Kyle reads another question asks if more classes could be added that relate to business.  Kipp adds that she is unsure of how to answer.  She lists off the bridges between McDonough and the Business departments.

7:35 – Stephen Brakey wants to give a shout out to the women that work in Upper Gilman.

7:35 – Laura Fink adds that Walter has been told of the problem.

7:33 – Lippy again again – One of the Gilman workers has a bad attitude (not the good kind).  She wonders if there could be some sensitivity training or something to fix the problem?  President Scott says to contact Walter Miller (who is not here tonight :’-( ) about the issue and let him know.

7:32 – Lippy again – Wondering if there could be more seating in Upper Gilman.  Travis says that one or two tables could be added to Upper Gilman.

7:30 – Kyle Thauvette asks if there is a maintenance/replacement program on parts of washers/driers that are taking a beating.  Physical Plants asks to be careful with them.  They are leased from a separate service provider.  Make note of any wear and tear issues and let Physical Plant know.

7:28 – Writing on the Mall Question – What happened to the Commuter Lounge?  Kipp responds that the Library provides a good alternative now that Riggs is in the TV room.  The Commuter Lounge just wasn’t getting enough use.  The third floor space gained by moving the Emeritus Chamber was added to the Academic Resource Center, providing more use.

7:27 – Charlie Philpot asks if Bingo could be on different nights.  Travis points her towards the CUB president sitting behind her.

7:27 – Stephen Brakey asks about the M-Cash system.  You’ll have three accounts…Declining Balance, M-Cash, and Print Allotment.

7:25 PM – Tim Crandall asks what the cost is to recharge your GoPrint account.  You can put less than $25 on your card at a time.  This cash placed on your card through the Manage My ID site (or M-Cash) can be used at other locations on campus, including Food at the Gathering Place and at the Mail Room, not just the printer allotment.  Your student ID can be used at more places soon!

7:23 – Alex Edelbrock asks about the GoPrint system could better react to double-sided prints?  IT responds that students get a 10% discount for printing on both sides of paper.  The costs cover ink and toner, so it can’t be charged for just one sheet of paper.

7:22 – Can continuing education students participate in student activities?  David Travis responds that yes they can.

7:20 – Lyndsay Offenberger asks if new computers could be installed in the Purple Cow room of the Mass Media building.  IT says that every four years, labs are switched out for new computers.  Up to departments to tell IT what they need.

7:17 PM – Laura Fink asks if there is a review process for Residence Directors?  Dr. Pastoor responds that he’s not sure if there is student input in RD reviews.  Says to see him if you have a problem.  Kipp mentions that Quality Service initiative has been started to help provide better service across the board from all College services.  Comment boxes will be added in all offices and residence hall offices.

7:16 PM – Josh Maxwell asks if tenured faculty have post-tenure reviews.  Rita Kipp says that all professors are reviewed each year.  Course evaluations are required to be completed by all students each semester and she looks at them all.

7:15 PM – Lippy Lipniskas asks if the radiant floor heating could be turned back on in the Hermann Fine Arts Center.  Physical Plant says they will follow up on it.

7:13 PM – Ricky Frederickson asks about the Alcohol Policy.  Wanted to know if its fair that a person that severely violates the policy gets the same punishment as someone who barely violates.  President Scott responds that the strength of the violation is considered in reviews of cases.

7:10 PM – Correction: We had Nine Core Values, now looking at condensing to Seven Core Values.  Elimination of Financial Planning and having Technology merged into other Core Values.

7:08 PM – Updated Mission Statement read aloud.  Writing on the Mall will have this posted after SSO.

7:07 PM – Changes to the Mission Statement to help make it more concise and include graduate programs.

7:05 PM – President Jean Scott covers the changes to the Seven Core Values and the progression to the Pioneer Pledge.  Work on a new strategic plan is currently underway.  There is a re-accreditation of Marietta College will happen in 2015.

7:02 PM – Kyle Thauvette, President of Student Senate, introduces all  the reps (Finance Services, COmmunity Service, Student Life, Career Center, Provost, Athletics, Res Life, IT, Physical Plant, etc, etc.)

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Posted by    Date: Wednesday, March 3, 2010

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Student Speak-Out Coverage TONIGHT!

Writing on the Mall will have full coverage of tonight’s Student Speak-Out.  The event begins at 7 PM in McDonough Auditorium,

Just like last time, we plan to have an updating stream of questions asked at the Speak-Out, plus photos and videos.  Our goal is to have some interviews with College administrators and Student Senate members to supplement our coverage.

If you can’t be at the event, but have a question you want answers, leave a comment to this article, or leave a comment on our Facebook Fan Page, or send a Tweet our way on Twitter.  Student Senate members will also be at Gilman tonight to take questions from those that will be unable to attend.

Looking at the event’s official Facebook page, there should be a large number of people present at the event.

At this point, the list of faculty and administrators that will be attending has not been released, but as soon as it is known we will publish it.

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Posted by    Date: Wednesday, March 3, 2010

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Recap from Student Speak Out

A lot of topics got covered at Student Speak Out this year…probably mostly due to the fact that 90 more students were here this year.  Here’s the gist of some of the things that got covered.  Look for more recaps throughout the rest of the week.

Food Services

Questions about food services at Marietta College always come up a lot.  Walter Miller, Director of Food Services at Marietta College, was on hand to address concerns.  Several students complained about Izzy’s…ranging from how dirty it can be at times, to them closing early because they’ve run out of food.  Walter said he would look into the issues and meet with the Izzy’s staff to address them.  Also, Walter encouraged students to submit ideas for food at locations.  This stemmed from a question regarding the fact that we now have three sandwich shops on campus.  As always, everybody complains, but never directs their concerns about the food services.  So if you want something changed, put something in the box in Gilman.

Honors Program

A lot of questions regarding scheduling of classes for the Honors Program.  Kipp addressed the issue, saying that they are looking to make class selections more orderly and predictable, while allowing for additions and substitutions.  There has been a high turnover in leadership for the Honors Program, but apparently that situation has been fixed and the College is looking to make positive changes.


According to Bruce, off-campus options will not be expanded for students any time soon.  The college is working on moving upperclassmen out of freshmen housing, but it is a slow process.  Housing will still be tight next semester.  But the bottom line is that the College is not looking to lose any income from housing, so if you’re on campus, you’re stuck.


A few students asked about adding coaches to aid the Tennis program in its development.  Athletic Director Larry Hiser said that the money is not there to hire any new staff at this point, but said that there is a plan he is working on to help the situation.  Another student asked about lighting the tennis facility so they could be used in the evening.  Hiser said he would look into the cost of adding lights to some, but not all of the courts.  However, there is no guarantee of lighting the courts anytime soon.

Fine Arts

It would appear that the Fine Arts Department is dealing with some funding cuts.  Several students came to speak about how the College was treating what looked to be more of a choir problem than instrumental or theater problem.  They have no permanent performance space.  The choir tour has faced a lot of cost cutting, links to the Fine Arts Department website have been taken off the Marietta College website, and they only have one brochure for potential students to read.  They do bring a valid point though.  8% of the student body, including many campus leaders, are involved with Fine Arts in some way.  But the funding is just not there.  Not just for their department, but for every department.  Funds could be re-allocated, according to administrators, to help fund the trip, but adding a performance space on the side of Hermann will take years to raise funds for and then build.  While a valiant effort, it will take current student’s motivation as alumni to make it happen.

Modern Languages

A few students asked if the Modern Languages department could be expanded with more faculty and staff.  Kipp said that several staff were added, but adding more faculty to teach languages cannot happen at this time.  For more faculty to be hired, more students would need to attend Marietta College.

Study Abroad and Trip Subsidies

Nope, the college is not planning on subsidizing trips abroad for some students with other students money.  International travel is expensive, but not as expensive as one would think.  The College will work with you to help raise money for trips, through grants and scholarships, but will not directly subsidize trips.

Health Center

This one was brought up by a Writing on the Mall reader.  Lon Vickers, VP of Student Activities, responded by saying that he is not happy with the current set-up and is investigating ways to fix it.  Options involve charging students more to add hours, and/or moving the health center back on campus.  At the moment, though, hours cannot be expanded.  Even with H1N1 “Swine” Flu bearing down on campus.

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Posted by    Date: Thursday, November 19, 2009

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LIVE: Student Speak Out 2009

Writing on the Mall is LIVE from Student Speak Out 2009.  We’ll be live blogging from the event, and updating Twitter @WriteOnTheMall.  Refresh this post to see new updates.  Photos and video will be posted later this week.

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Posted by    Date: Wednesday, November 18, 2009

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Student Speak Out is Tomorrow Night

Just a reminder that the Student Speak Out is tomorrow night at 7 PM in the McDonough Auditorium.  If you have a concern, most of the college’s administrators will be there to try to help fix your problem, or at least hear your complaint.  There are more than 80 people that say they’re coming, according to their Facebook group.

If you have a problem that needs addressed but can’t be there, just comment on this post, our Facebook, or our Twitter, and we will ask it for you.

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Posted by    Date: Tuesday, November 17, 2009

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Student Speak Out to Let Students Get it All Out

Tired and frustrated with how things are at Marietta College?  Now’s your chance to have your voice heard and hear from the administrators themselves how your problem can be addressed.

Wednesday, November 18th at 7 PM in the McDonough Auditorium is your chance.  A panel of administrators will hear your problems and respond to them.  The heavy hitters will be there, including President Jean Scott, VP of Administration and Finance Dan Bryant, Director of Dining Services Walter Miller, Director of Career Center Hilles Hughes, Director of Residence Life Bruce Peterson, Director of Athletics Larry Hiser, Director of Physical Plant Fred Smith, Chief Information Officer Administrative Computing John Davis, Director of Student Financial Services Kevin Lamb, Provost and Dean of the College Dr. Rita Kipp, and Chief of Campus Police Dave Valkinburg.

Can’t make it?  No Problem.  Writing on the Mall will take your questions to the meeting and ask them for you!  Just leave a comment here on the blog with your question, or leave a comment on our Facebook page, or tweet at us @writeonthemall.  We’ll take all the questions we receive and report back with the answers.

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Posted by    Date: Thursday, November 12, 2009

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