UMass Dartmouth officials are soliciting proposals to privatize the campus store, a plan already drawing fire from unions even as administrators maintain that nothing is set in stone, South Coast Today reports. “I don’t know why the administration is putting this forward,” professional staff union president Bruce Sparfven said, adding that he was “disappointed” at what he called a “secretive” push toward privatization. Administrators see things differently, however, and pointed out that the campus store is one of the few in Massachusetts’ public higher education system still run by university employees. University spokesman John Hoey told The Standard-Times last week that the bid requests are “only the beginning of the process” and that officials can deny all of the proposals and maintain the status quo if they choose.
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