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Northeastern likes its new science center so much it wants to build another

The Huntington News reports Northeastern University will soon file plans with the BPDA to build a 350,000-square-foot Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Complex on Columbus Avenue.

The building, the Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Complex II, will be just up the street from the Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Complex the university just recently finished building.

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be used to develop the technologies to clone buildings.

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Although there was recently a lot called Columbus Place Parking Area, which is across Columbus from the Columbus Parking Garage, on Burke Street, that's already in the middle of construction (for student housing), and not where this building is going in.

The new science building going in on what was Columbus Lot years ago, but most recently was the lot they used for construction trailers and such during the building of science building 1 (the giant basket building). Then the two buildings together will have a quad between them, and added connections over the train tracks to the core campus.

I think this may represent a change in the master plan, which called for new science buildings over on the other side of the tracks, where the Gainsboro garage is now.

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You are mixing up two separate projects from their IMP. The science quad redevelopment next to Gainsborough was in there but so was ISEC 2. In fact, if you go back and read the IMP you'll find it the interdisciplinary science and engineering COMPLEX was supposed to be three buildings in the Columbus lot. I believe they're going with just two now. This will go on the other side of the bridge as was already planned for some time now.

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Maybe they can use it to pay their adjuncts a decent wage.

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Universities have large donations made to them specifically for building projects, as well as specifically for scholarships, etc. Not saying Northeastern shouldn't pay adjuncts better, just saying there isn't necessarily one giant pool of money to be used for any and all purposes.

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Tell me more! This is sooooo interesting!

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The phrase "cash soaked orgy" comes to mind.

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If you had to pay adjuncts a decent wage, what would be the point of adjuncts?

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... this would still offer more flexibility.

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You can fire them.

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Why are you so bothered by the fact you think they are not paid sufficiently?

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'Cause I'm a decent human being.

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I used to be an adjunct at NE. The position is intended for professionals who have full time jobs in their field to teach specialized courses such as seminars once or twice a week. It provides “real world” education for the students and a teaching experience opportunity for the adjunct. They aren’t associate professors whose full time job is teaching, and really shouldn’t be considered employees of the University. If NE is now using adjuncts like associate professors, that is a different story and probably a wage act issue.

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Because in this century, more than 3/4 of faculty nationwide are adjuncts, and colleges rely on adjuncts to teach the majority of classes. Back sometime last century, adjuncts were a minority of college teachers, and typically used specialized experience to teach specialized classes, but in this century they teach general ed classes. Your kid's Freshman English class? Probably taught by an adjunct for poverty wages.

If adjunct faculty aren't considered full-time workers, it's because the universities, like fast-food joints do, purposely keep them under the numbers needed to qualify for full-time status. The rest of the hours they're teaching down the road.

Northeastern has a contract with its adjuncts, reached through their representation by SEIU, which includes access to health care.

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MIT had New Hall. Then it built Next Hall ...

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I guess they're not counting BU, BC, Tufts, UMASS, Brandies, Wentworth, Suffolk, Bentley, or Simmons in their findings.

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I love the Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Complex on Columbus Ave. I like to call it Boston's AC unit,

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Seems like they have sufficient funds and could afford to pay property tax.

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