January 28th



Cap Scholars question expansion at forum

Plans to expand the Capital Scholars program were met with resistance last week when students in the program voiced concerns that creating a new division of Capital Scholars could hurt the program’s reputation.

Students in this new division would follow a curriculum that’s more general than the interdisciplinary curriculum offered to current Capital Scholars, according to Karen Moranski, associate director of the Capital Scholars Program. She said at a forum held on Jan. 21 in the Lincoln Residence Hall Great Room that the proposed curriculum would allow individuals to enter UIS as first-year students – or at any level – and pursue a degree with a general education curriculum.

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Students, professors teach at ‘Peace’ school

In an effort to reach out to the Springfield community and to encourage activism, one UIS student has created a social justice school at a local community center and invited UIS students and professors to teach.  The volunteers will begin teaching at the Heartland Peace Academy in February, with the aim of instructing students about issues affecting the community and what they can do about it.

Junior Capital Scholar Liz Moran came up with the idea for the Academy in late October of 2003 and brought it to the Heartland Peace Center Board of Directors in late November. Moran asked the Board to sponsor the program and use the Peace Center as a classroom.

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