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   Vol. 124 - No. 60                                           Purdue’s Independent Daily Student Newspaper

                                                                       ADMINISTRATION                                                                                                   TRUSTEES
                                                                                                                                                                                                            April 12, 2010

                          A MATTER OF                                                                                                                                                   Board OKs
       CONFIDENCE                                                                                    Trustees approve restructure
                                                                                                                                                                                        of leadership
  Some constituents push
  for vote of no confidence                                                                          of employee benefits plan                                                          center
                                                                                                     BY MIKEL LIVINGSTON                                                                BY ALEX BRIDGES
  BY ANDREA HAMMER AND MIKEL                                                                         Executive Reporter                                                                 Assistant Campus Editor
  LIVINGSTON                                           WHAT THEY’RE
  Campus Editor | Executive Reporter
                                                            SAYING                                      WESTVILLE, Ind. – For one of the first times in months, many
                                                                                                     administrators and faculty seem to be in agreement on the issue of
                                                                                                                                                                                           WESTVILLE, Ind. – The building considered to be the lega-
                                                                                                                                                                                        cy of Purdue’s president is now significantly closer to becoming
           iting what they see as a lack of com-         “It is fair to say there are a              employee benefits: Let’s move on.                                                  a reality.

  C        munication, some University sena-
           tors say some of their constituents
  have recently questioned the central admin-
                                                        significant number of facul-
                                                        ty that are not pleased with
                                                          the direction the adminis-
                                                                 tration is moving in.”
                                                                                                        The Board of Trustees, during its meeting Friday at Purdue North Central,
                                                                                                     approved the final plan to restructure employee benefits. The plan, which
                                                                                                     applies only to TIAA-CREF employees, will require an employee contribu-
                                                                                                                                                                                           On Friday, Purdue’s Board of Trustees met at Purdue North
                                                                                                                                                                                        Central and voted in favor of a resolution that will allow design
                                                                                                                                                                                        and construction plans for the Center for Student Excellence
  istration of Purdue University.                                    Howard Zelaznik,                tion of 4 percent while increasing the budgeted salaries of the affected, saving   and Leadership to be drawn. This center will house many dif-
      In recent weeks, several senators con-                 University Senate chair                 the University money in the long term. It will come into effect Jan. 1, 2011.      ferent student-centered areas such as student organization
  firmed they have been approached by facul-                                                            The plan was announced last week following months of intense scruti-            offices, tutoring spaces, meeting rooms, retail space and coun-
  ty constituents who think the University              “I do think the president has                ny from faculty and University Senate members who criticized prior pro-            seling services.
                                                         worked as hard as she can
  Senate should push for a vote of no confi-            to support the faculty. She’s                posals as being detrimental to faculty recruitment and retention.                     After the meeting, Purdue President France Córdova said
  dence in Purdue President France Córdova                  in a very tough position.”                  Purdue President France Córdova said after the board meeting that               she is excited to see this project move to the next phase of
  and the central administration.                                     Paul Robinson,                 she is glad the University will be able to move forward from the issue.            development.
      “It’s people who were non-senators and, as                  University senator                    “And so are the faculty who have talked with me,” Córdova said. “I                 “Now that we have a plan, we can hire an architect,” Córdo-
  a senator, they are telling me that this is what                                                   think that’s what everyone’s feeling. It’s been a long road, an intense road.”     va said. “The students are also going to have to plan what goes
                                                         “In my opinion, I think any
  you should do,” said University Sen. Eric                                                             University Senator Morris Levy, a professor of biological sciences,             in there. It is their building.”
                                                         idea of a vote of no confi-
  Kvam, a professor of materials engineering.              dence in the administra-                  said last week he felt a “calming of the waters” among dissatisfied                   She also asked Purdue Student Government to continue their
      While Kvam described the number of                    tion at this point is very               faculty members with the new plan.                                                 level of involvement in the project. PSG has already conducted
  people mentioning such action as “larger                               premature.”                    But while the plan has been relatively well received by faculty, not all        an initial survey of the proposal and drafted a white paper
  than a fringe group,” he said he is unaware                        David Williams,                 are satisfied. Paul Robinson, a senator and professor in basic medical sci-        detailing PSG’s suggestions.
  of anyone in the Senate prepared to formal-            Head of University Senate                   ences, said benefits should never have been on the table in the first place.          In this white paper, the committee endorsed the space as a
                                                          faculty affairs committee
  ly take such drastic action.                                                                          “Given the board runs this place, we’ll have to follow their deci-              complement to the resources already available on campus as
      Many senators said such a move would be                                                        sions, but that doesn’t mean it’s in everyone’s best interest,” Robin-             well as a reflection of Purdue’s strategic plan. The committee
  detrimental to the University, especially con-                                                     son said after the new plan was unveiled.                                          also expressed the desire for separate spaces for each stated pur-
  sidering the adverse fiscal climate. Of the                                                           Robinson said the decision contrasts with the board’s desire for                pose and an attractive building with “high visibility” and “com-
  senators who have been approached –                                                                faculty to double research and bring in more grants.                               forting space.”
  some of whom requested to remain                                                                      “They want us to be higher up the ladder in bringing in money,                     “The biggest thing that PSG can do has already been done,”
  anonymous due to the subject’s sensi-                                                              but it seems they don’t want us higher up the ladder in benefits,”                 said PSG president-elect Brad Krites, a junior in the School of
  tivity – all said they were unaware of                                                             Robinson said. “I wonder how the Board of Trustees expects us to                   Management. According to Krites, the students must now wait
  any formal action being planned by                                                                 increase our productivity when decreasing incentives to do so.”                    for the architect’s designs and adjust the plans to what students
  the Senate and that any urging for                                                                    Trustee chairman Keith Krach said the role of the trustees was to               want specifically.
  such a vote came only from con-                                                                    secure the University’s fiscal future and that the restructuring of ben-              On Wednesday, during the final PSG senate meeting for
  cerned constituents.                                                                               efits will help do that.                                                           this session, an extended discussion took place over
     University Senate chair Howard                                                                     “We thought strategically that was the right thing to do,” Krach                whether the plan should be endorsed. No further decision
  Zelaznik said that although the rela-                                                              said. “I think it will help us in terms of recruitment, because the first          was made.
  tionship between faculty and adminis-                                                              thing faculty look at when they come to campus is salary.”                            The Scholer Corporation will be the contracted architect for
  trators this year has been tense at times, he                                                                                                                                         the building, which will be located at the corner of Third and
  has heard no formal discussion of such a vote.                                                                                                                                        Russell Street. The 85,000 square-foot building is budgeted to
                                                                                                     “ I think (the restructured plan)                                                  cost $30 million, all of which will come from multiple donations
      See CONFIDENCE | Page 5                                                                           will help us in terms of recruit-                                               to the University for this project.
                                                                                                        ment, because the first thing                                                      “Basically, we want this building to be University-built and
                                                                                                        faculty look at when they come                                                  student-owned,’” Krites said. “Our goal is to make it flexible for
                                                                                                        to campus is salary. ”                                                          students and student organizations.”
                                                                                                                 – Keith Krach, Trustee chair
                                                                                                                                                                                         HOLOCAUST CONFERENCE
                                                                                                                                          the       runs this
                                                                                                                                 “ Given we’llboard to follow
                                                                                                                                   place,      have                                      With the theme of “Complicity: Our Role in Genocide,”
                                                                                                                                        their decisions, but that                        the conference aims at remembering the lives lost dur-
                                                                                                                                            doesn’t mean it’s in                         ing the Holocaust and also at examining contemporary
                                                                                                                                        everyone’s best interest. ”                      ethical issues. The conference began Sunday and con-
                                                                                                                                  – Paul Robinson, Univ. senator                         tinues until Thursday. Some conference highlights
                                                                                                                                                                                         appear below. For a complete list of events and other
                                                                                                                                                                                         information, go to

                                                                                                                                                                                         Conference Highlights
CONVOCATIONS                                                                                                                                                                             ■ 6 p.m. April 12, West Lafayette Public Library,
                                                                                                                                                                                         Showing of the film “Children of the Congo: From War to

Dierks entertains Purdue with concert                                                                                                                                                    Witches”
                                                                                                                                                                                         ■ 7 p.m. April 13, Hillel Foundation, Showing of the film
                                                                                                                                                                                         “Black Book”
BY AMANDA SLIEPKA                                   according to Bentley, “If you can’t beat                                                                                             ■ 7 p.m. April 14, McCutcheon High School,
Staff Reporter                                      them, join them.”                                                                                                                    Performance of Holocaust-poem-inspired play “I Never
                                                       Bentley came out before the band’s set                                                                                            Saw Another Butterfly”
   Saturday night Purdue students took the          to tell the audience how great this band                                                                                             ■ 8 p.m. April 14, Lawson Room 1142, Lecture on the role
opportunity to wear tiny white tank tops,           truly is and if it wasn’t for their influence,                                                                                       of Swiss banks and the Holocaust
Daisy Dukes and cutoff jeans at the Dierks          he wouldn’t have gone the direction he did.                                                                                          ■ 6 p.m. April 15, West Lafayette Public Library,
Bentley concert.                                       When Bentley finally came out, Purdue                                                                                             Showing of the film “Hotel Rwanda”
   These articles of clothing are just some         students were ready to sing along with                                                                                               ■ 8 p.m. April 15, Lawson Room 1142, Panel discussion
descriptions of the clothing of one of              every song. Bentley dedicated his song,                                                                                              on “Rwanda, Burundi, and Eastern Congo: The
Dierks Bentley’s many ex-girlfriends.               “How Have I Been Doin’,” to all the ex-                                                                                              Aftermath”
   Purdue was the third stop on the “Up on          boyfriends, ex-girlfriends or ex-spouses of
the Ridge” tour. Bentley invited special guest
Jason Jones to open up the show. Adoring fans
                                                    the audience members.
                                                       At the end of his concert he invited all
                                                                                                                                                                                         ONLINE VIDEO/ MAP
of the new singer sang along to his songs.          the females in the audience to run up to the
   The nine-time Grammy-winning Del                 stage if they had a little white tank top.                                                                                           For video of the 29th annual Greater
McCoury Band gave the show a bluegrass              Twenty girls ran up right away and Bentley                                                                                           Lafayette Holocaust Remembrance
vibe that suited Bentley’s new CD, set to be        pulled them up as they started dancing on                                                                                            Conference, visit our Web site at
released June 8. The band was invited back                                                                                                   KIMI FISHER | STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER  
out in the middle of Bentley’s set, because                            See BENTLEY | Page 5            Dierks Bentley performs Saturday in the Elliott Hall of Music.

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