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Editorial: Changes offer chance to realign with values

The Scout has said it many times before: change is coming. But this time, it seems like it is going to be a dramatic shift.

For the first time since 1982, we have a new general education curriculum that will be implemented by fall 2016.

Our president of eight years is moving on, and our athletic director has resigned.

A new registrar will take on position that will involve running two codes of general education courses.

Students of color, commuter students and transfer students are getting more attention now, as enrollment management trends are changing.

Finally, the provost, the engineering dean and the business dean have all been seeking employment elsewhere.

This is not a comprehensive list, and according to the 2012-2017 five-year Strategic Plan of Bradley University, there are still a lot of things on the list to do.

The groundbreaking of the Business and Engineering Convergence Center, the conducting of a study on the practicability of a law school, exploration of the feasibility of a doctorate in nursing practice [for the nursing administered anesthesia major] and an increase in a more diverse student body are just a few of the tasks we have yet to complete.

With all of these huge changes coming our way, it may appear as if the Hilltop is drowning in a sea of uncertainty. However, there is no time more perfect than the present to voice your opinion and get involved.

Regardless of pay grade, title, department, tenure or background, when everything is uncertain, the playing field is equal, and the goal is simple: focus on the future of the students.

Bradley got a physical facelift over the course of the last five years, but these next five should now be focused on the internal. Gen Eds are new. The leadership will be new. The athletics approach will be new.

During this time of widespread changes, we must look to the future and align our goals with the original intentions of our founder.

The best way to do this is to keep in mind the conclusion of the Strategic Plan, which states the challenge Lydia Moss Bradley posed to Board of Trustee Chairman O. J. Bailey on Oct. 8, 1897, as she handed him the keys to the university.

“I hope the trustees will carry out my will when I give into their possession these buildings,” she said. “I trust the learning imparted here will be of great benefit to the young people of Peoria and the vicinity.”

Students direct one act plays

Senior Derek Yeghiazarian starred in one of the student-directed plays, “Ledge, Ledger and The Legend,” as part of “Two Nights of One Acts” presented by MET. Photo by Dan Smith.

Students filled the Hartmann Performing Arts Center Feb. 23 and 24 to enjoy “Two Nights of One Acts,” presented by the Ministry of Experimental Theatre. Senior advertising major Cassandra Cooper and senior theatre arts performance major Cedric Knuth directed two … read more

Brief: New contact for Tech Crew

The Tech Crew has recently changed its contact information. Event coordinators should now submit tech requests to Tech Crew provides audio and lighting services, but not projectors, screens or musical instruments. Applications must be sent at least two weeks … read more

Brief: Scout wins statewide awards

The Scout won 15 awards at the annual Illinois College Press Association awards ceremony held Feb. 20-21. Competing with Illinois schools having non-daily newspapers and 4,000 students or more, The Scout earned the following awards: The Scout Staff: General Excellence, … read more

Police Reports: 2015-02-27

• Officers and Peoria Firefighters were dispatched to the 1500 block of W. Callender at 10:19 p.m. Feb. 18 due to a suspicious smell. The female student smelled something burning in her residence. Upon arrival, officers discovered the smell was … read more

Brief: Bradley’s Got Talent

Lambda Chi Alpha is hosting their first talent show, Bradley’s Got Talent, on March 5 in order to help raise money for the Children’s Hospital of Illinois. Tickets to the event will be $3 and the show starts at 7 … read more

Brief: Peer mentors needed

The Office of Multicultural Student Services is accepting applications for the fall 2015 Peer Mentor program. The program is open to all racially diverse upperclassmen that want to help mentor and forge an incoming freshman’s college experience. Applicants must be … read more