Penley discusses future at CSU

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May 202003
 
Authors: Christopher J. Ortiz

For Larry Penley, the first step to become the new CSU president

is learning.

The Board of Governors of the CSU System formally announced

their decision to select Penley as the president of CSU and

chancellor of the CSU system Tuesday.

“I’m not from a land-grant institution. I have a great deal to

learn,” Penley said to reporters. “My first step is to get an

understanding of what’s going on, to really learn about a

land-grant institution… There is the responsibility to think

about the tradition of a land-grant institution and how you use

that outreach as a way to do really great new things. The first

step is learning.”

Don Hamstra, president of the Board of Governors, made the

announcement in room of filled students, faculty, staff and

reporters inside Ammons Hall.

“We thought about doing this last week but we didn’t want anyone

skipping class,” Hamstra said jokingly. “We waited a few days. This

is a proud day for CSU. We have had a lot of things happening in

the past year with not a lot of chances to celebrate and this is a

chance to celebrate.”

Hamstra, who was recently selected as president of the board,

replacing Reginald Washington, spoke about the search. For the

majority of the search, Hamstra served as the board’s vice

president.

“When the search started we thought ‘oh we’ll do our work in

private and this will be really easy and we’ll have an

announcement’ but people wouldn’t let us do that so we got

interesting,” he said. “This was a little more difficult job than

we planned when we started. We had a good process and a great group

of people. We did some tough work and I think they did a great job

and we had some fun doing it.

Penley and the board are still in discussion finalizing the

details of Penley’s contract. It is still unsure when Penley will

come onboard as president and chancellor. It is scheduled for CSU

President Albert Yates to retire as president as of July 1 and to

hand over the responsibilities of chancellor in September.

“It really makes Ylonda and I feel very good to be welcomed at

Colorado State with such a great crowd on such a wonderful day.

Even if it isn’t 100 degrees, it’s still a fine day!” said Penley,

who is currently the dean of the W.P. Carey School of Business at

Arizona State University.

“The board didn’t just look at the candidates they looked at

this university and what this university needs. They thought about

what Colorado needed and what the future of this great institution

really had in front of it and that to me made this an especially

great opportunity,” Penley said.

Mayor Ray Martinez was present to see the new president talk

about his commitment to CSU’s land-grant mission and how the city

and CSU can work together to strengthen the city’s economy.

“As the president of the university and the mayor of the city we

have to work together on a lot of things,” Martinez said. “For

example we are going to take advantage of the resources at the

business college to help build our economy, which is suffering

right now.”

Zach Collins, a sophomore studying construction management, said

he is excited to see the direction Penley is going to take CSU.

“I am excited about the prospective of him being able to develop

the university through any means, I know he did wonders for ASU’s

business college and I’m hoping he can do that for our entire

university.”

While dean at ASU, Penley raised over $100 million dollars for

the business college.

Collins expressed concerns regarding how much the board listened

to faculty, staff and students when making the decision.

“I know there was concerns expressed by the student

representatives and the faculty representatives on the board of

governors that they felt somewhat left of the process for the past

month and a half,” he said. “I am somewhat concerned that the

student voice and the faculty voice may have gone somewhat

neglected.”

C.W. Miller, the faculty representative on the board, said he

and Dave Bower, president of the Associated Student of CSU and

student representative for the board, had plenty of opportunity to

talk to Hamstra about their views, but they both serve on the board

as non-voting members.

“They probably looked at (the feedback from students, staff and

faculty) but more than likely they didn’t have too many options,”

Miller said.

Hamstra said the board did look at feedback on the two

candidates.

“We reviewed the feedback of students and other people and a

number of the board attended the public meetings,” he said. “I

think we are also very cognitive that, as a board, this is the most

important decision we make, ever, possibly. We certainly listened

but we knew in the end it was our decision that we had to

make.”

Without reporters or spokespeople or board members, Penley

walked from his hotel room at 6 a.m. and took a look how campus

looked in the early morning.

“Walking around campus and peeking in buildings made me feel

good about the institution,” he said. “Even though (my wife and I)

have been Sun Devils for a long time, we are prepared to be

Rams.”

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Penley chosen as successor for CSU presidency

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May 182003
 
Authors: Christopher J. Ortiz

Larry Penley was named the next CSU president by the Board of

Governors of the CSU system Monday. The board made their decision

after meeting in an executive session.

An announcement ceremony is scheduled for Tuesday at 2 p.m. in

Ammons Hall on campus with Penley present to meet faculty, staff

and students and to answer questions.

“We have worked very hard to come up with the right person to

lead the institution and the system,” said Don Hamstra, the new

president of the board. “In Larry Penley we have selected a leader

with vision, experience, integrity and with real passion for moving

Colorado State and the university

system forward. We’re thrilled to make this announcement

tomorrow and excited about what the future holds.”

The announcement comes after a six-month search process that

included Gov. Bill Owens’ controversial endorsement of Marc

Holtzman, who will now serve as president of the University of

Denver with chancellor Dan Ritchie.

Penley will replace current CSU President Albert Yates on July 1

and will become chancellor of the CSU system at the end of

September. The CSU system includes the University of Southern

Colorado, which will be renamed CSU-Pueblo in July. The decision

came down to the board’s final two candidates; Penley and

University of Florida’s vice president for agriculture and natural

resources, Michael Martin.

“Both finalists, Larry Penley and Mike Martin of the University

of Florida, were impressive candidates. Mike Martin was an

outstanding candidate and we have a great deal of respect for him,”

Hamstra said.

Along with Penley, Martin has been considered as a candidate for

president at other universities including UF.

Penley was a presidential candidate for the University of New

Mexico until May 6 when the university chose another candidate.

Currently the dean of the W.P. Carey School of Business at

Arizona State University, Penley has been regarded as an aggressive

fundraiser.

Penley was unavailable for comment, as he was in route to Fort

Collins.

“I am excited that someone was chosen,” said Associated Students

of CSU president-elect Jesse Launcher. “I think he will do a

fantastic job and I hope everyone welcomes him as much as I

will.”

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$20.1 million donation sets individual donation record

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May 132003
 
Authors: Kyle Endres, Shandra Jordan

CSU received the largest single donation in school history on Wednesday, which will go towards renovating Hughes Stadium and continuing construction on the University Center for the Arts.

The $20.1 million gift came from the Bohemian Foundation, a local philanthropic organization, and its president, Pat Stryker. The announcement was kept secret until Wednesday’s conference.

“I’m very pleased to support the university with this gift,” Stryker said. “High quality public education is essential to a strong society.”

In addition to the Hughes Stadium enhancements, the stadium’s football field will now be called Sonny Lubick Field, after CSU’s head football coach.

“I don’t know whether to laugh or cry,” Lubick said.

Of the $20.1 million, $4.9 million will go to the University Center for the Arts and $15.2 million will go to the stadium renovations and enhancements.

“This unprecedented gift will contribute in a broad way…it will signal the importance of a deep reservoir of support for CSU,” said CSU President Albert C. Yates.

The University Center for the Arts project began with the groundbreaking May 2 and construction will continue to build a thrust theater, an experimental theater, a music rehearsal hall, and other theater shops and support areas.

“This is an astonishing gift,” said Robert Hoffert, the dean of the College of Liberal Arts. “It’s astonishing in its significance for more than 8,000 CSU students and it’s astonishing in its uplifting impact to our moral.”

The center is scheduled for completion in May of 2004.

“CSU benefits all of us,” Stryker said. “Whether you take part in cultural events or enjoy watching Sonny Lubick’s Rams beat CU.”

The Hughes Stadium renovation will include improvements to benefit the football program, including new artificial turf for the practice facility and the Sonny Lubick Field, as well as new fan amenities, including new scoreboards and a video board, new concession stands, more seating and parking. It will also improve supporter amenities, including enhanced club-level seating and new suites.

“I know every person who ever wore the green and gold, in every sport, they are welling up with pride right now,” Lubick said.

Yates said he hopes to begin work as soon as possible and complete individual projects quickly, including the new turf on the practice field.

“The Bohemian Foundation and Pat Stryker have made this a very special and historic day for Colorado State University,” said Jeff Hathaway, the CSU athletics director.

Many of the conference’s approximately 200 attendees expressed amazement and shock at hearing the donation announcement, including one man who fell to his knees upon hearing the amount of the donation.

“Pat Stryker’s generosity to the university has always been phenomenal,” said David Bower, the outgoing president of the Associated Students of CSU.

Stryker’s only request was that the field be named after Lubick.

“Stryker’s a person of enormous heart, of true spirit and courageous character,” Yates said. “She’s done all she can to provide those among us with a helping hand…She simply wants to do the right thing.”

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Correction to graduation graphic

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May 122003
 
Authors:

In Mondays paper it was incorrectly printed that President

Albert Yates will confer degrees at the College of Natural Sciences

ceremony.  He will actually be at the College of Business

ceremony. The Collegian regrets the mistake.

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Slut vs. Stud, the sexual double standard

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May 112003
 
Authors: J.J. Babb

A man with a large number of partners — the nobler the stud.

A sexually-aggressive woman – the sleazier the slut.

A man having one-night-stands – the cooler the guy.

A woman seeking sex – the dirtier the whore.

The sexual double standard: the gender issue exists today as much as ever.

Since we were born, women have been encouraged to keep their sexual selves private, while men are taught to experiment and vocalize theirs. In fact, men who do not make their sexual feelings known are labeled strange. Men are also granted greater sexual freedom, while women are held back. But possibly the largest problem in raising women takes place as they are taught, “you must have feelings of love to have a sexual experience.”

These societal norms and beliefs lead women and men to believe these are the truths about sexuality, although they are merely societal morals differing from culture to culture. Cultural and societal beliefs influence learning and learning influences our behavior and experiences, causing women to be less sexual and thus the ideas are proven true.

But what happens when a woman steps beyond the common sexual stereotypes in our society? She is usually labeled a slut.

As I discussed these ideas with friends and acquaintances over the last few weeks, it became clear a woman wanting sex, seeking sex, having sex and talking about sex is strange…. sometimes “cool,” sometimes not so great.

Why can men discuss their sexual adventures with their friends and be considered a stud, and women must be more cautious?

According to a study done by Lauman, Michael and Michaels published in The Social Organization of Sexuality journal, women experience sexual thoughts less than half as often as men.

Now this may be physical, yet there are probably a great number of women who deny telling anyone the number of sexual thoughts, feelings or experiences due to the guilt associated with being a sexual person. The majority of this guilt may not come from men, but from women themselves forcing judgments on other women.

Some may argue the success of HBO’s show “Sex in the City,” demonstrates the lessening of these stereotypes. This may be the case for women somewhere, but not for us here at CSU.

Why may a man be outward about his sex life and enjoyment of it, but a woman must discuss it among her friends in whispers?

Sex is wonderful. It feels good and it’s fun. As long as the participants are safe, there should be no problems with being sexually active. There should also be no qualms with being open about sex in general.

We must embrace our sexuality as women. We must not fear being labeled as sluts or whores, and just be who we are. If you are waiting until marriage to have sex, the more power to you. If you enjoy the fun of one-night-stands and use protection, the more power to you.

I challenge each of you to examine your own sexual stereotypes and decide for yourself what makes one a slut or a stud and keep your views consistent, especially across gender lines.

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That’s a good question

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May 112003
 
Authors: Andrew Whelan

I got my #2 pencil. I got my bubble sheet. I got two hours of sleep. It must be finals.

Ah yes, finals: one week each semester of pure, unadulterated stress. A time to be sleep-deprived, wired on caffeine and filled to the brim with useless facts.

Rather than burden your minds, I thought I could provide some food for thought. Still, in the spirit of finals, it will be an exam. First, the short-answer questions:

Q. Is a t-shirt or a poster worth getting a credit card that you will use to ring up a couple thousand dollars in debt?

A. Yes. Those t-shirts are so cool. They have Jon Belushi from Animal House and Homer Simpson. By all means, sign-up for a credit card so that you can get the cheesy gift.

Q. What does the future hold for CSU?

A. These budget cuts you hear of are about to turn into serious changes. Already, I’ve seen a decline in the quality of faculty at CSU. Jack Lovelace, a professor who makes class worth attending and school worth your pretty pennies, is one casualty close to the heart of this journalist. When a university has to cut quality faculty, they lose academic quality. In turn, maybe fewer students will want to attend CSU. And that means less money, doesn’t it? So how do you fix a budget crisis?

Q. What is the easiest thing to forget during finals?

A. You need to sell back your books as soon as possible. Those money-grubbing book stores give a decent amount of money to the first couple people. After that, you get offered $1.50. Explain to me where in economic theory it clarifies how a book worth $125 in January is now worth less than a microwave burrito.

Q. What is the single most pressing problem facing America?

A. Finding someone to replace Hugh Hefner. The guy is getting old, and I don’t see anyone worthy of his throne.

Q. Why do I need experience to get a job if I need a job to get experience?

A. (left blank)

Q. What is the best part of working at The Collegian?

A. It’s a toss-up. Being recognized and asked for autographs in pubic is pretty cool. When the bouncer ushers you through the velvet rope to the V.I.P. room, you feel important. Or maybe, it is the countless hours that you put in without recognition or understanding from any of your peers. Seriously, it’s the people you work with -hands down.

Q. Why did we go to war with Iraq?

A. Oil, end of discussion.

Q. If you don’t know the answer, what letter should you bubble-in?

A. Go with ‘A,’ unless you have chosen ‘A’ three out of the last five times. In that case, you choose ‘C.’ That is, unless you chose ‘C’ on the question directly preceding this one. In that case, you pick ‘B’ or … you could pick ‘D.’

Q. How do you park on campus at CSU?

A. You cut people off-even when you see their blinker. You follow people to their car at half a mile per hour. You throw out every bit of etiquette that your kindergarten teacher instilled in you.

Q. What is the best thing that could happen to Colorado?

A. The Nuggets could win the draft lottery and pick LeBron James. James is going to be big, and he could turn Colorado into a basketball state. I would have also accepted any answer that referenced Jake Plummer playing well enough to fill the toe box of John Elway’s shoes.

Q. Name three things that aren’t funny, but that people laugh at anyway.

A. 1. When people fall down. 2. Movies depicting white people in black stereotypes. 3. Jay Leno.

Q. What happened to Crystal Pepsi, Waldo and Domino Pizza’s Noid?

A. The same thing that happened to Tab, Carmen San Diego and the Budweiser Frogs.

Q. Six degrees of Kevin Bacon: Elaine from Seinfeld.

A. Julia Louis-Dreyfus was Elaine on TV’s Seinfeld. She was also in Christmas Vacation with Randy Quaid, who was in Major League II with Tom Berenger, who was in Shattered with Greta Scacchi, who was in Presumed Innocent with Harrison Ford, who was in Raiders of the Lost Ark with Karen Allen, who was in Animal House with Kevin Bacon.

Q. What does ASCSU do?

A. Nothing, end of discussion.

With a tear in my eye, I leave CSU with one final essay question (many answers will be given full credit): What will you miss most about college?

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Our View

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May 112003
 
Authors: Collegian Editorial Staff

As much as we hate to see current CSU President Albert C. Yates go, we have to face the fact he is leaving. The two finalists for the next CSU president and chancellor made their campus visits, talking to staff, faculty and students about their visions of CSU and what they can do to make this university better.

Both candidates come with impressive credentials. Michael Martin is currently the vice president for agriculture and natural resources at the University of Florida and Larry Penley is the dean of the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. It seems to the editorial board that both men know what it takes to run a 2nd Tier university. They both seem dedicated to the commitment of diversity that Yates had.

The two candidates both acknowledge the fact that CSU needs to improve its external funding such as endowments and alumni giving and become less reliant on state dollars.

Both have proved they can bring in outside dollars at the current schools. Penley just finished a capital campaign that brought his school over $100 million and Martin has worked at UF to increase alumni giving.

While the editorial board feels either candidate would do an outstanding job as our next president, we feel that Martin is the stronger candidate.

Martin comes from a strong land-grant institution and has a good understanding of what a land-grant institution’s mission is to the state and to students. Martin said during his visit that his true passion has always been teaching. Even as an administrator, he has tried to be in the classroom as much as possible.

Penley, on the other hand, is a self-proclaimed “academic administrator and manager.” From his campus visit, it seems that Penley envisions a university more like a business than a place of knowledge.

We hope the Board of Governors of the CSU system chooses a president who best fits the profile of this university. We trust they will listen to staff, students and faculty who were able to meet and listen to what both candidates have to say.

Shandra

Colleen

Kyle

Willow welter, visual editor

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Finals trigger fear in students

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May 112003
 
Authors: Nick Loomis

This week is sometimes the most feared on the academic calendar.

For students, final exams are as certain as the bubble sheets they are taken on and as necessary as the nights spent cramming for them.

Some students, however, have more difficulty than others.

Students who have difficulty with test taking, whether it is a result of stress, injury or learning disability, have no shortage of sympathy and understanding on CSU’s campus and help is available, no matter when one might need it.

“This time of year is definitely the busiest for us,” said Karin Bright, testing coordinator for the Resources for Disabled Students office at CSU.

Bright, whose job is to proctor exams for students who receive alternative testing methods, finds time to assist students in communication with professors, provide students with one-on-one counseling and make referrals to one of the other educational services that RDS works closely with.

If necessary, RDS will even provide readers to students with dyslexia or vision impairment and scribes to students who cannot write due to injury or physical disability.

“We can definitely find out what this office can do to help you,” Bright said while ending a telephone conversation with a student.

Other divisions of the University Counseling Center, like the Help/Success Center or Academic Advancement, also help students with their educational needs if their problems result from test anxiety or poor study skills, rather than a disability.

The Learning Assistance Center, which works very closely with RDS, provides unlimited counseling to any student who requests it, whereas RDS provides service on a provisional basis for one semester while a diagnosis of disability is rendered. If the student is diagnosed with a learning disorder, then RDS will continue its services.

Offices like RDS and the Learning Assistance Center were established at universities all over the country as a result of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. This item of federal legislation states that no individual will be denied participation in or benefits of any federally subsidized program on the basis of his or her disability alone.

Prior to this legislation, which serves to “level the playing field” by providing equal access to all, students did not have these educational resources and were often deemed unfit for higher education, according to retired CSU sociology professor Stan Eitzen.

“Many people chose not to go to school and defined themselves as dumb or incapable to do the work,” Eitzen said. “These (disabilities) have only been recognized in society in the past two to three decades and schools like CSU could finally accommodate these students with programs and offices like RDS.”

Eitzen, who taught at CSU from 1974 to 1995, went on to testify that learning disabilities like attention deficit disorder and dyslexia are not a measure of intelligence and that Thomas Edison suffered from dyslexia and was “obviously very smart.”

CSU history professor Frank Towers’ cooperation with Help/Success Center yields positive results with students who are having difficulties in his classes, as long as the student makes his or her problem known, in which case “it’s usually not too hard to work out an accommodation.”

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Students plan for summer

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May 112003
 
Authors: Melissa Pester

With final projects assigned, library hours extended, test schedules set in stone and finals snack foods bought out at the local grocery stores, students seem to be longing for the end of the spring semester.

Whether it is registering for classes, finding a job, flying home or making travel plans, students at CSU seem to be interested in answering the question of what they are going to do with their summer vacation.

“I am trying to get into summer school at Front Range Community College,” said Danny Hadley, a sophomore technical journalism major. “A lot of people I know seem to be staying in Fort Collins and doing the same thing.”

If not enrolled at the local community college, many students look to supplement their summers with classes offered at CSU. Many different classes are offered in the summer semester.

“I will be taking about 14 credits through the summer program at CSU,” said sophomore John Marc Carpenter, an open option major. “But I think Hawaii would be nice this time of year.”

The summer school program has had its class schedule released since the middle of February. Students can also locate classes on their Web site at www.summer.colostate.edu.

If students are not looking for classes to take to supplement their fall and spring semesters, they seem to be thinking of anything but teachers, books and the demands of classes.

“I would say about 50 to 100 people walk into our office everyday,” said Cody Haybarger, an employee at STA Travel, located in the Lory Student Center. “And of those people, about half of them are making plans to go to Europe.”

Students seem to have taken an interest in spending two weeks to a month in Europe-most of them planning on backpacking through major cities like London, Haybarger said.

“Popular destinations in the United States seem to be New York and cities like San Francisco,” said Haybarger. “But I would say our most popular destinations are in Europe.”

Out-of-state students have also been making plans for their summers-some of those plans include going home. Seemingly, about half the students making summer plans seem to be making plans to go home, according to STA Travel.

“I will be going home to Michigan,” said freshman Brooke Davy, a human development and family studies major. “I will work at a local day care, but I am not taking classes.”

Recent graduates from CSU have also been making plans for their summers, tentatively planning for their last summer before becoming professionals.

“I think that most people who are graduating are looking for jobs,” said graduating senior Jordan Sowell, who is applying for graduate school. “I am going to Mexico after finals to relax.”

No matter where they are going or what they are doing, many people making summer plans have a dream vacation they would like to take.

“I would prefer to go anywhere there is a secluded beach,” said junior Bobby Klaer, a human development and family studies major. “But, anything would be better than staying in Fort Collins and working, which is what I am doing.”

Whether they have plans to go elsewhere or not, many students seem to believe their peers are taking summers to work hard and earn money.

“I think most college students take the summer to work one or more jobs,” Davy said. “They are all trying to make some money, but most of all I think they are interested in having fun.”

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Summer classes create more relaxed environment for students

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May 112003
 
Authors: Adrienne Hoenig

Students looking for a more relaxed, less crowded university might want to try CSU’s summer session.

“A lot of students really like the summer,” said Barbara Gotshall, director of CSU’s summer session. “It’s a little more laid-back and hassle-free.”

Gotshall is expecting about 6,500 students to enroll in summer classes. Compared to the 24,000 students on campus during fall and spring semesters, the smaller student body creates a very different atmosphere.

“Summer semester is a fabulous time to be on campus,” said Marianne Bickle, an associate professor in merchandising who will be teaching three summer courses. “There are fewer students, there’s an abundance of parking and the weather is magnificent.”

Summer classes might also offer students easy access for classes that may be hard to get into during the regular semester.

“Departments try to put in courses that students are really needing,” Gotshall said. Enrollment in summer classes is “open,” meaning students from any major can register at any time and students can keep on registering until the day before the class starts. For those who don’t currently attend CSU, there is a shortened and informal admissions process.

“Summer really is a nice term to serve our students,” Gotshall said.

Sarah Leahy, freshman chemistry student, is taking some classes this summer. She is hoping to enjoy the small-campus feel.

“Usually people won’t take as many classes as they do in the fall and spring,” Leahy said. “I’m looking forward to less people and less crowds.”

Even though the student body significantly decreases in the summer, many services on campus don’t.

“The services are all open in the Lory Student Center, but there’s less people,” Gotshall said. “A lot of students really do like that.”

Bickle thinks having less people on campus is nice for students who want to stay in school but still enjoy their summer vacation.

“It just feels like a more relaxed environment,” Bickle said. “By 1:30 they’re all done with their classes and then they go play in the sun.”

Benefits to taking summer classes

* Take classes that are harder to get into in fall and spring.

* Helps students stay on track with their majors.

* Can fulfill prerequisites so students can take courses they need in the fall.

* Can help students raise GPA.

* Can lighten course load for fall and spring.

* Smaller class size, more interaction.

* More relaxed environment.

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