22 4 / 2013

***Originally published in the Cleveland Stater

By Brittney Schmies, Daniel Herda and Samah Assad

Discussion of a four-to-three credit conversion has been in question at Cleveland State University during recent semesters. In the last few weeks, the talks have heated up and caused a lot of confusion and uneasiness around campus.

The curriculum change controversy has divided the university. The faculty, led by the Faculty Senate, expressed a vote of no confidence in the administration because of the rushed manner in which across-the-board conversion was forced by the administration.

The Cleveland Stater has found that dialogue between the various stakeholders is missing, and each seems to be lobbying their own side of the issues.

In order to provide an open dialogue and learn the perspectives of both the administration and faculty, The Cleveland Stater reached out to Cleveland State President Ronald Berkman, Faculty Senate President Joanne Goodell and Board of Trustees Chairman Robert Rawson.

A majority of students and faculty at Cleveland State believe the credit conversion is occurring very rapidly.

Many believed the administration ignored the process and proposal recommended by the University Curriculum Committee (UCC).

Goodell argued that faculty are not against the credit conversion, but they want a reasonable timeline that will allow them to make the changes in curriculum without disrupting it for current students.

The faculty feel they are being asked to turn around the complex process of a curriculum change in a matter of a few weeks so that the registrar’s office will have a full year to implement the changes in the software.

However, Berkman and Rawson have argued that the timeline of the credit conversion can be traced back to 2009 with the creation of the Student Success Committee, a group formed to deal with issues relating to retention, graduation, student success, credit attainment, counseling, advising and mentoring.

The Board of Trustees resolution was passed in March, and the faculty is being asked to submit conversions of their curriculum by the end of the spring semester.

Click to view Berkman’s, Goodell’s and Rawson’s personal insights.

15 4 / 2013

Recently the Plain Dealer has been a hot topic around the Cleveland area. Job cuts and a three day delivery are the buzz going around.  Two Cleveland Stater reporters tackle the pros and cons of saving the Plain Dealer.



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20 3 / 2013

The Steubenville rape case hits close to home as it centers on a high school in Ohio. Recently the trials and sentencing have been all over the news, and as all journalists know dealing with rape cases in the news comes with certain practices in order to protect the identity/reputation of the victim.  It is standard practice to leave the name of a rape victim out of journalism, protecting the person and giving them the much needed privacy during such a sensitive time.  Cosmopolitan recently published an opinion piece regarding a news report that uses the name of the victim.  While the writing itself might not be the best or most journalistically on-par, it does raise a red flag to the importance of the issue.

Let this slip-up serve as a what not to do in journalism.

Even in the want to deliver the latest news first and competion for the best coverage it is very important to keep in mind the subject matter being covered and the best interest of the parties involved.


20 3 / 2013

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26 4 / 2012

Craigslist is a go to find for just about anything you could want.  Check out their personals section and you’ll find “rants and raves” a forum used to complain, tear apart, or in some cases support just about anything you could think of.  Before actually seeing a list of what people are ranting and raving about you have to agree to their terms of use—including a statement releasing craigslist from being held responsible of anything that may be libel.