• LIU Brooklyn Lock Out

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    End the LIU Lock Out
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    Eric Krasnoff
    Chair of Long Island University
    700 Northern Blvd
    Brookville, NY 11548

    Dear Mr Krasnoff

    I’m a student at LIU/Brooklyn in the Masters Degree program for Computer Sciences. I’ve attended LIU since 1986 when I entered and graduated the Pharmacy Program. I also attended the PhD Program in Pharmaceutics and
    now I am 2 years into my Masters in Comp Sci. In my time within the
    Comp Sci program, I’ve often wondered whether the program should be accredited. The moral with the faculty and student body has been often
    very negative. When I asked about course work which is normally part of Computer Science programs, areas such as discrete mathematics, compiler theory, and parallel programming, I’ve been told that our school doesn’t have a student body that can do these classes. Other times I’ve been
    told that I shouldn’t expect such a quality education from LIU, and
    switch to an engineering institution like PolyTech, or that our students don’t “program”.

    What has kept me going is that the response to these opinions has been
    that the Chair of the department, in collaboration with faculty have
    pushed these intensive subjects back into the program. They offered
    compiler theory last semester and this semester offered Parallel
    programming in C. The Networking class added an extensive section on cryptography. There has been a greater push for quality and it has been appreciated.

    That is until now.

    You fired your faculty leaving me signed up with a parallel programming
    class without a qualified faculty. Furthermore, the same unqualified
    professor has said that he will not teach the Special Topics in
    Programming on a graduate school level. I am in disbelief that after
    all this work, we are now working with an unqualified professor who is unfamiliar with the advanced topics that we are pursuing in Graduate
    School, and refuses to even make an effort to ramp up to the topics.
    Instead he is planning on teaching on a Community College level these
    advanced classes.

    I’m tired of fighting both the negativism and the politics that boil over
    at this university. I’m calling on you to immediately intervene in the current labor dispute and save the schools accreditation and reputation.
    It is time to replace all the recrimination and Nay Sayers with a “Can
    Do” attitude, and that starts with ending the lock out right away.

    There is nothing to be gained with this lock out at this point, even if
    there ever was. The union is in no position to go on strike after
    protesting how they love their jobs and students, as they have been with
    such verbiage of pretentious doting for the last 2 weeks. This labor
    dispute has to stop upsetting and leaking into the classroom NOW.

    It is a farce for the administration to say that the student experience
    is not being interrupted. That deceit must also end NOW. It is
    malicious, calculating and cruel. The administration needs to apologize
    to the student body for the lock out. And the faculty must also likewise
    make such apologies and rededicate themselves to the welfare of students
    which they ostentatiously venerate, instead of disrupting semesters for
    their pockets and egos. And then you need to reschedule the lost weeks
    of real education. You will need to figure out how to expense that,
    without putting it on the backs of students. The students are the
    innocent bystanders here. They are tied to the school because of a
    combination of student aid regulations, visa issue and other
    arraignments. Whoever wins this labor dispute, in the end students lose.


    Ruben Safir
    1580 East 19th Street
    Apt 1E
    Brooklyn, NY 11230

    CC: Ex Officer Kimberly Cline, Governor Cuomo, Paul Thompson NYS
    Department of Education, Liz Robbins NY Times, Dean Edward Rogoff

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