Tuesday, March 20, 2018

     Another round of cost cutting is under way at Antioch College, with faculty and staff members who earn more than $40,000 per year being required to take mandatory furloughs and a de facto hiring freeze being put in place.
     Affected faculty and staff at the small college in Yellow Springs, Ohio, will need to take 10 days of unpaid leave before June 30, according to The Yellow Springs News. That’s the equivalent of an 11 percent pay cut over the next several months, or 3.8 percent of their annual salaries. No jobs are being eliminated….

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Good mood Thursday

This song is more than 50 years old but these two make it sound like it's brand new. Amazing. It doesn't get much better than this.

Irish Schoolgirl Kaylee Rodgers Singing Hallelujah

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

WALKOUT a success

At the college this morning
    In a coordinated protest, students across the country left their classrooms and marched in the streets a month after 17 people were killed in a Florida high school. 
    A month ago, hundreds of teenagers ran for their lives from the hallways and classrooms of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where 17 students and staff had been shot to death. 
    On Wednesday, driven by the conviction that they should never have to run from guns again, they walked. So did their peers. In New York City, in Chicago, in Atlanta and Santa Monica; at Columbine High School and in Newtown, Conn.; and in many more cities and towns, students left school by the hundreds and the thousands at 10 a.m., sometimes in defiance of school authorities, who seemed divided and even flummoxed about how to handle their emptying classrooms.... (National School Walkout: Thousands Protest Against Gun Violence Across the U.S. - New York Times)
     IRVINE - Don't know about anywhere else, but here at IVC, today's 17-minute school shooting "walkout" was a hit. At 10:00 a.m, about 200 students found their way to a presentation, led by writing instructor Lisa "the Reb" Alvarez (and dozens of students), in front of the Student Services Building. They took turns reading, school by school, a litany of persons killed or injured by gun incidents on campuses across the country. Hundreds of 'em. They had not finished when, at the 17-minute mark, the event came to a decorous close.
     Students immediately dispersed and returned to their classrooms.
     Several policemen were present.
     President Roquemore hovered in the background. He wasn't wearing his "Make America Great Again" cap. Must've left it at home.
     I surfed around a bit and found that similar events occurred all across the county.

Saddleback College plans to participate in the Women's March Youth Empower's country-wide demonstration on Wednesday, March 14 at 10 a.m.

Got these pics from Rebel Girl, who got 'em from friends

Don't know what the chairs were for. They looked sharp though.
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Meet Matti. She's cute. She shoots jackrabbits. Not to eat 'em, just to kill 'em. Yeah.
She even shoots at 'em in the dark. They haven't got a chance. That's called "sport."


Cat Power: Lived In Bars

Hank Williamss & Anita Carter (1952)


#Enough students and instructors speak out against gun violence (Saddleback College Lariat)

Monday, March 12, 2018

IVC's Walkout: Countdown continues

Full color flyers everywhere.

Rebel Girl had the unusual experience today of seeing flyers she herself had not made and posted up everywhere on campus. Full color too. Lots of push pins. Everywhere. Sometimes 2-3 flyers per bulletin board. It was heartening.

Even in the SSC building!
Meanwhile the denizens of the LA Building are busy putting together a program. During the 17 minutes, we'll be reading the names of the 301 school shootings and the number killed since 2013.  
This was Prof. Egasse's great idea.  She got her stats here at Everytown for Gun Safety. People have been writing on index cards for days now. We'll have a basket of the cards near the podium and if you'd like to join in, you will be welcome to do so.


Sunday, March 11, 2018

Celebrating Rosa

Two Rosas.
Some photos from last night's Foundation Dinner: Celebrating Excellence or, as we, the denizens of the Liberal Arts building called it, Celebrating Rosa.  

Proud parents with program. 

Parents and dear friend.

Table 26: the furthest from the stage but the best in the house. 

Rosa and her fans. 
Old friends. 

Virginia's handiwork.
 Proud of what we do together. It makes a difference.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Roquemore refers to self in third person: "Roquemore," he says, "gives back"

"President Roquemore," writes President Roquemore, "has been
invited to present...." at some seminars. Roy Bauer is unimpressed.
     This morning, IVC President Glenn Roquemore sent an email to the IVC community.
     Entitled "President Roquemore gives back," it is especially odd.
Empty suit; vapid robot; automaton
     In the email, Roquemore writes that "President Roquemore has been invited to present in two community college leadership seminars."
     "The first," he informs us, is the CCCL CEO "Leadership Academy."
     "The second," he writes, is the "AACC Presidents [sic] Academy Summer Institute."
     (The only thing interesting about the event is the AACC's curious vacillation between "Presidents" and "President's." Neither spelling is correct, of course.)
     Here's how Roquemore describes the Institute:
[It] focuses on issues of critical importance to success in the role of the community college president, providing a mix of content experts and interaction around related case studies that result in the development/acquisition of ready-to-use skill sets that participants can apply back at their respective campuses.
Intellectual life at IVC under siege
     Who would write such a sentence? Who, having done so, would refrain from suicide?
     Roquemore goes on. "President Roquemore," he writes, "has also embarked on his second occasion to Chair a Partnership Resource Team (PRT), Institutional Effectiveness Program Initiative."
     The act of referring to oneself in the third person is called "illeism."
     It's fucked up.

Roquemore actually "gives" photo ops and BS-athons to fatten his resume.
● University of California president wants to offer guaranteed admission to qualified community college students
(OC Reg)

● Whites dominate California college faculties while students are more diverse, study shows
(OC Reg)

Ah, yes, I remember it as though it were yesterday.

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