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On brink of no confidence vote in college president, faculty relent

Full-time faculty union members gathered on Thursday, Nov. 9, preparing to hold a vote of no confidence in Mercer president, Dr. Jianping Wang. Instead, they elected to table the vote. A vote of no confidence is essentially a resolution that, if approved, states that the full-time faculty has no confidence in Dr. Wang or her…

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Letter to the Editor – Ambiguity is a fact of life

The following is a letter to the editor and does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the VOICE editorial staff. Ambiguity is one of the few certainties in life. Learning to live comfortably with life’s many uncertainties is a sign of maturity and emotional healthiness. Despite that truism, needless and intentional ambiguity corrodes relationships and…

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MCCC faculty contract ratified by Board of Trustees, ends bitter dispute

For the last seven months Mercer’s faculty union and the college’s administrators have been locked in a heated negotiation over the contract. Along the way there have been protests, firings, hirings, bickering and collateral damage. When the Board of Trustees finally voted to approve the new contract on February 27, the faculty seemed to release…

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Mercer County Community College faculty picket annual gala to protest contract negotiations stalemate

Each November the college hosts a gala in the Mercer Conference Center to showcase college programs for the community before the board of trustees meets and the president, Dr. Patricia Donohue, presents her annual report. This year the main hall –which usually includes large tables full of edible arrangements, ice sculptures and dozens of faculty…

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Adjunct professors: Valued assets or disposable laborers?

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  Most students cannot tell if the instructor teaching their class is a full-time professor who has worked at the college for years, or a part-time professor who comes in once a week to teach a single class. In fact, part-time instructors also known as adjuncts, out number full-timers almost four to one at Mercer.…

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Students and faculty clash over classroom cell phone use

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Written by: Laura Pollack In a survey of 50 Mercer students, 90 percent said they regularly use their cell phones during their classes. What are they using them for? Seventy-five percent of the students surveyed said they use their phones in class to send text messages, 17 percent to send text messages and go on…

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