Mills in crisis

Professor of Ethnic Studies Vivian Chin poses with supportive students after testifying to the Mills College Board of Trustees on June 22, 2017.

Staff editorial: With the FSP, Mills College transitions from a liberal arts school to a neoliberal institution

This fall, Mills students return to a campus that was gutted by the hastily announced Financial Stabilization Plan, a decision which resulted in the sudden firing of tenured professors and various staff members. This past May, students were informed that Mills declared a state of financial emergency. Despite overwhelming student protest and a thoughtful alternative […]

(Photo courtesy of Mills College) Professor of Music Roscoe Mitchell

Roscoe Mitchell’s music resonates through Mills College classrooms and worldwide

Roscoe Mitchell’s voice echoed throughout the classroom of students attending his Exploring Music class as he explained the importance of improvisation in the many disciplines of musical study. He was leading a discussion on the history of improvisational jazz music and students around me were eager to ask him questions about his work. I had heard […]

Dan Ryan, professor of sociology and Lorry I. Lokey chair in ethics

Testimony to Mills College Board of Trustees: Professor of Sociology Dan Ryan

This statement was sent by Professor of Sociology Dan Ryan to Mills College President Beth Hillman and the Board of Trustees ahead of the Board’s open meeting on June 22. Dear Katie, Beth, and Board Members Thank you for all your hard work over the past weeks (and beyond). I am sorry I cannot be […]

Professor of Journalism Sarah Pollock

Sarah Pollock enters 30th and final year at Mills College

The year 2017 marks Sarah Pollock’s 30th anniversary of teaching at Mills College. In addition to directing the undergraduate journalism program at Mills, she serves as advisor for the student newspaper The Campanil and also serves as professor in the graduate program in creative writing. Pollock has had extensive professional experience with working in newsrooms as […]

(Photos courtesy of Mills College) Under the financial stabilization plan approved by the Mills College Board of Trustees, Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies Vivian Chin (left) has been laid off, as well as Professor of Philosophy Marc Joseph (top right), Professor of Physics David Keeports (bottom right) and Professor of History Wah Cheng, (not pictured).

Mills College announces revised financial stabilization plan

Following weeks of meetings, letters and discussions, Mills College officials have revealed some details of the impact the school’s financial emergency will have on the community. On Tuesday, June 27, the president’s office released a statement announcing a revised financial stabilization plan (FSP) approved by the Mills College Board of Trustees in a closed meeting on June […]

Open letter: Students of Professor of Physics and Chemistry David Keeports oppose his potential layoff

This letter was written and submitted to college officials and the Board of Trustees by a number of Keeports’ students. It was submitted to The Campanil by Courtney Koetz and Hannah Szentkuti. As Dr. David Keeports’ students, we believe that it is our responsibility to inform you all of his limitless passion for teaching physics to […]

(Photo courtesy of Chad Lutz) The Mills College Board of Trustees and other community members listen to testimonies from faculty and students on June 22, 2017.

Mills College waits for Board of Trustees’ decision as officials endeavor to calm concerns

In the wake of what has been a tumultuous few weeks for much of the community of Mills College, apprehension among some faculty, students, parents and alumni has persisted as they await the outcome of decisions made to stabilize the college’s finances, which could include the elimination of several departments and the dismissal of up […]

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