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DanSkorupka
04-23-2013, 12:23 AM
The University and the town have made some impressive changes in the past few years.
The city modernized properly in expectation of future changes.

The pride of the new system is the new dorm "you're supposed to call it residence hall" building of university suites. each suite has a little common room but not a full kitchen. There are two kitchens and a grand lounge in each floor. They spared no idea in getting people to interact and combat the problem of "side by side we walk the streets alone". The place is also within walking distance of a DeMoulas Market Basket. That grocery chain is employee owned and treats them very well. The selection of fruits and vegetables is always good.
http://www.uml.edu/Images/Room%20Selection%202013_tcm18-103693.ppt
One room in each suite has an RA. Not high authority and can only summon them, end up being part of the "in" group.

Class Matters is mandatory reading. Meaning it is what every freshman, even science/engineering majors had to do their term paper on in Writing one. College Writing 101 focused mostly on advertizing and criticizing corporate common culture. Cultural Criticism and Transformation by bell hooks was used in Writing 102, focusing heavily on Madonna from Feminism to Patriarchy
http://www.amazon.com/Class-Matters-New-York-Times/dp/0805080554

I am really liking the new electric trucks the town work units have.
Remember the Wu Ling Sunrise that they didn't even really pretend they wanted to bring to the USA and never mentioned the mere idea of electric propulsion?
https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/537373_503976282994995_116739430_n.jpg

They also gave project FreeWheelers a big hand up. It is among the best urban bike sharing schemes I have ever seen and it is used constantly without boasting or being "granola", indeed most of us are angered with the lycra crowd. Last year they had big steel diamond frame 10 speed bikes they got on manufacturer's surplus from an online bike store. Now they have comfort cruisers with shimano hub gears. The old ones were actually better if you were carrying loads that wouldn't comfortably go in a backpack.

Public works on infrastructure have been picking up big time.
The sewage treatment plant got better computer monitoring.
Even better the new separate storm drainage and sewage paths are almost online, set to replace a 19th century combined cycle system.
Better be good it those pipes are costing the taxpayer 80 million dollars and it took over a half dozen crossing guards to get the children through the construction site.

Some republican holdouts are acting like this is some plot by the Chinese to quietly take over local governments and get practice running a communist system in American culture on a bigger than small town scale before really taking over.

ahp
04-23-2013, 10:11 AM
UMass Lowell is not an Ivy league university, but it is a good university with some very serious students. Many are the first in their family to go to college. There is a big evening division. My wife and son both took computer science courses there, and I was an adjunct professor and an Industrial Associate. I taught a lab course in physical optics.

Garret
04-23-2013, 10:21 AM
Darn good hockey team too.

moTthediesel
04-23-2013, 11:55 AM
That's nice to hear, a very good friend of mine is a faculty member there, I'll have to send him a link to your post....

adampet
04-23-2013, 01:18 PM
Son #1 is about to graduate with a double major of Physics and Math. Summa cum Laude. He got a free ride to his choice of state schools and like UML for being small enough.
Lots of changes during his 4 years. Marty Meehan, retired US rep and Chancellor , has brought a lot of money via public/ private partnerships. Still a tough town.....

Son is headed to University of Wisconsin Madison for a Physics doctorate, again with a full ride. So a good school, and good enough to go other places.

Adam

nautiguy
04-24-2013, 09:45 AM
The emphasis on math and the sciences is natural given that the original name of the school was Lowell Technological Institute. Back in the day, it had a reputation for turning out excellent graduates in the applied sciences.

DanSkorupka
04-25-2013, 07:44 AM
Son #1 is about to graduate with a double major of Physics and Math. Summa cum Laude. He got a free ride to his choice of state schools and like UML for being small enough.
Lots of changes during his 4 years. Marty Meehan, retired US rep and Chancellor , has brought a lot of money via public/ private partnerships. Still a tough town.....

Son is headed to University of Wisconsin Madison for a Physics doctorate, again with a full ride. So a good school, and good enough to go other places.

Adam

Yeah.
Meehan has been good to the university, the Lowell Sun hasn't been fair to him.
They reelected Phillip Geoffry to SGA Treasury. Student government doesn't have much authority but does have a fair bit of influence and make important financial decisions for the clubs.
Said clubs are mostly goal oriented.

As for the town crime is widespread but improving.
Girls talk and far more than usual so do guys. While there is some police corruption most cops are heroes; well trained, well disciplined, and seeking to get the cooperation of the public which is necessary to take down organized crime and requires good public image.

There is a lot of gang presence but the gang wars are mostly over and travel restrictions (in terms of stay off our gang's turf) have been relaxed.
Illegal drugs are where the money is at, and human trafficking is known to be going on.

The UML PD is a true police department all are sworn officers with powers of arrest. They take the safety of the students very seriously.

Read all of this it is worth it.
A few pages will tell you more than you likely ever learned in all of your prior schooling.

http://www.uml.edu/Police/Community-Outreach/default.aspx
http://www.uml.edu/Police/Personal-Safety/Crosswalk-Safety.aspx
http://www.uml.edu/Police/Personal-Safety/Emergency-Phones.aspx
http://www.uml.edu/Police/Personal-Safety/Safety-Escorts-Transportation.aspx
http://www.uml.edu/Police/Personal-Safety/Weapons-Advisory.aspx
http://www.uml.edu/Police/Personal-Safety/Rape-Prevention-Reporting-Counseling.aspx