Saturday, November 20, 2010

Old Bauer family pics: watchin' the royals, breakin' some bones

     I came across some more old photos today. Quite a mix, really.
     I took these "hang-gliding" photos of my late little bro' Ray maybe fifteen years ago, down at Mt. Laguna in San Diego County:
Ray was nuts about that crazy sport. He bugged me about coming down with him to San Diego County to take some photos. I finally relented. (Click on these pics to enlarge them.)
I do believe that Ray took this one himself with some contraption he built and attached to the end of one of the wings. Ray could build anything.
He'd take off on top of the mountain, and then I'd drive down to the landing zone. Meanwhile, he'd fly around like some genius-idiot pterodactyl.
Eventually, he came swooping down.
This time, he came in too fast. You can see him gyrating to slow down—or somethin'.
It's a lunatic activity, really.
More desperate gyrations.
Then: boom/crunch. I think he broke one or two bones. Don't recall exactly. I know we stopped first at a pizza joint with his gang. Lotsa beer. Then off to the hospital.
I think he used some friend's identity to get treatment. He had no health insurance. Naturally.
That was Ray all over.
Ray had a thing about night photography. I'd go out with him sometimes to take night pics.
One time, we took pictures of Disneyland fireworks. Lots of hookers walked by, as I recall. "Hey, baby."
One time—it must've been 1996—we hopped a fence to climb the hill above Dana Point Harbor and took pictures of the fireworks. I think this pic was one of mine, but it might be one of Ray's. I guess I'll never know. I had a Nikon. Don't recall what he had.
I remember the date, 'cause we went to see a movie afterwards, even though it was, like, midnight or something. It was the opening night of "Independence Day." We both thought it was a shitty movie. We laughed through the whole thing. Ray had a great sense of humor.
Two pics of sister Annie, circa 1957.
My mom. Not sure when this was taken. Late 50s?
This was likely taken about the same time. I found some others, too, that, um, I don't wanna show to the world, if you know what I mean. They're within the bounds of "cheesecake," I suppose (just barely), but, still, I ain't gonna show 'em to the likes of you.
The magnificent Ildy playing with the equally magnificent Attila, circa 1980.
Such wonderful creatures. I think about 'em all the time.
This was maybe 1957, when the King or the Prince—I don't keep up with royalty—came through the provinces (Canada). Everybody went nuts about it. Just some guy, I dunno.
People sure can be idiots.

Under sheepskin mats

Pictured: "predation"©
     Evidently, they've looked in their hair, between their toes, and even under Tom Fuentes' Cadillac's scented sheepskin mats. No more ballots left to count. So, as it was yesterday, today the tally is:

THOMAS "T.J." PRENDERGAST
115,304 - 50.91%

KEVIN M. MULDOON
111,197 - 49.09%

     I just checked the OC Registrar of Voter's votes left to count page, and it appears that that number is zero.
     So have a drink (Ovaltine, if that's all you've got) to the victory of TJ Prendergast and decency.
     Long live the SOCCCD!
WE WIN!
SOCCCD's last "vote of Confidence/No confidence" (2004):

A sawdust winter evening

Checked out the winter version of the Sawdust Festival tonight—it actually opens tomorrow, but I've got connections, so there you go.
Sister Annie has a booth there, bathed in deep red.
The fire chief made her take down the curtains. "They are fireproof," she protested.
"Don't care," said the chief. "Take 'em down."
Ran into Tracy Daly, who has a booth for her pottery. She was with her mom and a friend. Nice people.
Tracy's stuff looks great.
The show will last for four weekends, I think.
Annie in her booth. Reminded me of Madame Zelda's Fortune Telling/Love Potion Salon.
Or maybe a brothel. 
(She'll display her stuff tomorrow. Jewelry, I mean. She's into chains.)
Here's Annie telling a friend's fortune. Probably X-rated. You know Annie.
I think my mom or dad made that black pot at left.
Yet another friend's booth. Cool jewelry and great wool hats.
The grounds looked great: a maze of cute and sometimes garish structures winding up the side of a hill amongst eucalyptus and other trees.
"Yeah, this is a big improvement from the old days," I said, "when they just spread steer manure on the ground. When it rained, it could get nasty."
"Really?" asked Tracy.
"Of course not."
I just made that shit up.
Saw this fun glass thing. Some kind of camel or varmint.
Saw some hippies, too.
Laguna Beach, man.
Hope it don't rain on 'em.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Don's last meeting: causing more collateral damage

     NOV. 19: People tell me that Don Wagner really did act like an asshole pretty much all day on Wednesday. Wasn’t just the ugly scene (especially with Lang) at Wednesday’s board meeting.
     You’ll note that, at the meeting, he pulled approval of the hire of that controversial IVC dean. That means that the gal who (no doubt) has already been offered the job—pending board approval—must now wait a month, at least until Hurricane Don blows itself out over the Gulf of Sacramento.
     Why’d he do it? District people tell me it was ‘cause he’s still pissed at Glenn’s action/inaction in the dean search/hiring process that failed to advance Ms. G. (Ms. G seems to have disappeared entirely.)
Kathleen Werle
     But we really do need that administrator. So this situation sucks bigtime. And why should this perfectly innocent gal (from San Diego, evidently) suffer just so Wagner can beat up on Glenn? Last month, Wagner pulled approval of IVC’s full-time faculty hiring priority list—apparently, for the same reason. The whole college (hence, the community) suffers just so Donnie can pound the floor with his fists and pop all of Glenn’s balls.
     But Don’s now gone. Good riddance, I say. “Don’t let the door hit you in the ass on your way out.”
* * *
     The word is that Roquemore and Co. seriously screwed up the “Schrader firing,” which, of course, was downgraded to a non-firing, some kind of leave. My guess is that we’ve only just begun to see the shitty residue of this untimely episode of arrogance and incompetence. Stay tuned.

Let's go, big boobs!

Prendergast tally for today:

THOMAS "T.J." PRENDERGAST
115,304 - 50.91%

KEVIN M. MULDOON
111,197 - 49.09%

     Since yesterday: 73 votes counted for Prendergast; 58 votes counted for Muldoon.
     If you want to view that brief IVC 25th anniversary commemorative video (that Glenn was rudely prevented from showing in October but finally got to show this Wednesday), click HERE.
     It's not bad, I guess. Summer S. does a great job (and Jeff Wilson, et al.). Not sure about those little cheerleaders, what with their "Let's go, big boobs!"
     OK, I guess that's pretty good, too.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

The Williams "review": the OC Supes sure do work in mysterious ways

Williams
     (For details concerning the "review" on the agenda for the Nov. 23 meeting of the BOS, go here.)

Review on public administrator delayed – again (OC Register)
     Findings of a much-anticipated review of the county’s public administrator/public guardian will be delayed at least until the beginning of next year as the county is set to hire its second law firm in less than two months to tackle the job.
     The county plans to pay Colantuono & Levin, PC $40,000 to investigate allegations that Public Administrator/Public Guardian John S. Williams and his agency is unnecessarily taking control of people’s estates to pad its own coffers, including taking aim at the multimillion dollar estate of Charles “Mask” Lewis Jr., the co-founder of TapouT, a mixed-martial arts clothing line.
. . .
     The switch is the latest in a series of delays that have pushed back the results of a highly-anticipated review of the Public Administrator/Public Guardian’s Office months....
     This article catches the reader up on the "Williams" issue, which concerns incompetence, corruption, and cronyism. For that alone, it is worth reading.
     The upshot (of this article) is that the Supes evidently have now decided to hire a law firm to help with the review afterall. A while back, facing various external pressures, they agreed to hire an outside (independent) attorney to “review” Williams’ embattled office and its operations. But a week or so after that decision, they changed their minds, and the review would be done internally.
     This development pushes the date of completion of the review to January.
     It seems pretty obvious to me that the Supes are attempting damage control. They don’t want the public to scrutinize their incestuous and corrupt little operation. This whole “Williams” episode has been a bewildering shell game. Nobody seems to know quite what is going on. That, I think, is the desired effect.
     No doubt in the end Williams will take some hits but will be allowed to limp into his well-compensated, Bennie-Wonderland Future, and everyone can claim to have done their due diligence.
     Man, this is one corrupt county.
     That is permitted because Orange Countians are appallingly clueless.

Bio faculty proclaim: Roquemore's characterization "was absolutely wrong"

NOV. 18
     ROQUEMORIAN REVISIONISM? At today’s meeting of the Irvine Valley College Academic Senate Rep Council (aka the “Senate Meeting”), during “public comments,” two full-time faculty of the School of Biological Sciences addressed the assembly. They proceeded to contradict what IVC President Glenn Roquemore said during his curious address at the last Senate Meeting (Nov. 4).
     You’ll recall that, at IVC one morning a few weeks ago, word spread that Dean Kathleen Schrader had been “fired.” The story was that she had angered IVC President Glenn Roquemore by making (or allowing), during a meeting of the School of Biological Sciences, comments about his wife’s role in providing a cake for an upcoming event. (Glenn’s wife is Chem instructor Kiana Tabibzadeh, notorious recipient of Roquemoreian invulnerability to discipline, correction, or criticism re her sometimes hinky professional conduct.)
     At the time, Bio faculty who had attended the meeting in question could not imagine what Schrader had said or done that would earn the emnity of the President. That day, Schrader (reportedly) was under the impression that Roquemore was infuriated by the Kiana-cake-related remarks. But Bio faculty explained that Schrader’s only participation in the “Kiana” jocularitude was her efforts to discourage such remarks.
     A week later, to everyone’s surprise, Roquemore showed up at the Senate Meeting to say: what was problematic during the Bio School Meeting was not remarks re Kiana and her cake—indeed, he explained, he has always been terribly scrupulous to treat his wife as he would treat any other faculty. No, the problem concerned alleged objectionable remarks about classified employees: something about their being at the shallow end of the gene pool.
     Oh my!
     Immediately after Glenn's remarkable Senate performance, I spoke with Bio faculty. One instructor told me that he had made the comment about the gene pool, but that it was not directed at classified employees. Further, he could not think of anything Schrader had subsequently done or said that amounted to expressing or permitting objectionable remarks about classified employees. Later (he told me), when he listened to an audio tape of the meeting, he realized that his recollection had been accurate: Schrader had done nothing that could be construed as stating or condoning or allowing objectionable remarks about classified employees.
     So, today, that instructor, a member of the Rep Council, explained that President Roquemore’s characterization of the School Meeting two weeks ago “was absolutely wrong.” He explained that he had made the “gene pool” comment, not Schrader, and Schrader’s subsequent comments were in no sense made at the expense of classified employees.
     He had not come alone. Another senior Bio instructor, who had also attended that fateful School Meeting, next explained that Schrader’s comment—the one that, Glenn now claimed, was problematic—“had nothing to do with classified.”
     Many faculty that I speak with at IVC are already under the impression that the President’s odd Senate performance of two weeks ago was an after-the-fact attempt to rewrite history and thereby to shore up the miserable case that he (and VPI Craig Justice) had against Schrader.
     Stay tuned.

Prendergast tally

     Not that it matters, but the latest update of the SOCCCD area 2 trustee race tally is the following:
THOMAS "T.J." PRENDERGAST
115,231 - 50.90%

KEVIN M. MULDOON
111,139 - 49.10%
     Only 144 ballots have been counted since yesterday: 84 for Prendergast; 60 for Muldoon. Nothing's changed. Prendergast continues to be the obvious winner.

Gotcha? Not-cha.

Video Killed the Faculty Star (Inside Higher Ed)
     In what seems the TMZ-ification of higher education, three separate professors have found themselves the subjects of “gotcha” YouTube segments in recent days. ¶ While the cases differ widely, faculty members at Cornell University, Louisiana State University at Baton Rouge and the University of Central Florida have all seen pieces of their lectures go viral in the last several weeks. Taken collectively, the carefully edited clips play up familiar stereotypes about faculty: there’s the quick-tempered bore (Cornell), the liberal indoctrinator (Louisiana State) and the lazy test-recycler (Central Florida). ¶ As one would suspect, there's more to these stories than any of the videos can provide. Moreover, there’s evidence at Louisiana State that clips were intentionally cut for effect….. [Check out the videos!]

13 Arrested at U. of California Regents Meeting (Inside Higher Ed)
     Authorities arrested 13 people, 11 of them students, who were protesting tuition increases and budget cuts at a University of California Board of Regents meeting, the Los Angeles Times reported. Authorities defended the use of pepper spray and the drawing of a service revolver by one officer....

Californians Are More Worried About Higher Education, Poll Says (Chronicle of Higher Education)

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

The November board meeting: "Getting inside your pet's head"

     NOV. 17: OK, it's 6:45, and these dang trustees (of the South Orange County Community College District board) have come out of their hovel, lookin' pretty surly. Don't know what that's about.
     Fuentes looks especially grumpy. Wagner's here for his last meeting as trustee.
     6:49: they're starting!

     Actions taken in closed session: 7-0 vote, regrettably Dixie Bullock leaves us. 7-0 vote, rejected tort claim of Michelle A.
     Invocation: Lang blathers about veterans, gratitude, how lucky we are.
     Pledge of Allegiance

     Resolution: for Dixie Bullock....our "deep appreciation".....
     "Thanks so much," she says. Speaks of her appreciation. Fully expects to be called back at some point. Har har.
     Resolution: for Don Wagner:
     Gracious speech. Mentions meeting with "trustee-elect" Prendergast. (Evidently, he's clear that P won.)
     7:02: Wagner explained his "goof" last time: ignoring the video re IVC's 25th Anniversary. Had no idea about the video! IVC Prez Glenn Roquemore comes up to try it again.
     Video starts:
     Cheerleaders: again, I hear 'em chanting, "Big boobs!" But my hearing ain't what it used to be.
     No public comments.

     BOARD REPORTS:
     Bill Jay: Congrats, IVC, Don Wagner, Dixie Bullock, and three winners of the recent election.
     John Williams: More congrats for Wagner. Congrats to Prendergast, others reelected.
     Marcia Milchiker: Congrats to Don, Assembly race. Nancy, TJ Prendergast. Thanks all those who endorsed her. Notes that she was sworn in as trustee in 1985--when IVC became an autonomous college.
     Nancy Padberg: Congrats to Wagner, assembly race. Will miss you tremendously. Congrats to Prendergast, Milch. Thanks supporters. Saddleback College's football team now #2 in the state. Big fan. Very proud.
     Don Wagner: Congrats to Padberg and Milchiker. You guys have been "great." Spoke to "trustee-elect Prendergast." Look forward to watching you all go about your business. Thanks Bullock, an "absolute gem."
     Tom Fuentes: Congrats to all. Happy Thanksgiving. (Very brief.)
     Dave Lang: Congrats, etc. Saw IVC's "Bye Bye Birdie." Very talented cast, blah blah blah.
     Student Trustee Eve Schieh: Congrats....
     Bullock: her last board meeting. Thanks board for opportunity to serve. Has learned a great deal on this job. Has been meeting with Poertner. Explains how special this district is.
     No trustee requests for reports.
     8:25: Today's discussion: ARCC performance report per college. Bob Bramucci introduces IVC's Chris Tarman.
     Tarman: goes through data. Quick summary: IVC has done "really well." ARCC report: impressed with "student learning." Presents various graphs, charts. The only measure in which we're below the average: course completion rate...blah blah blah.
     Nicole Ortega: goes through data. Sounds good.

     Marcia notes recognition of good job colleges are doing. Mentions that IVC has the state's highest transfer rate, with Saddleback College in third place. Jay also. Lang: asks college Prezes to comment. Tod Burnett carps (politely) about usefulness of ARCC data. Glenn Roquemore: we're not rich in cte (?) programs. (Technical ed, I think.) Hence the one low grade. Blah blah blah.
     Tom Fuentes: maybe next year we can see the two colleges "side by side."Also: ESL. Improvement evidently can happen at both colleges. Speak to that. Burnett asks Nicole to come back up. Talks about coding of courses, which tends to be insensitive to improvement. Burnett: not a fair comparison. We need accurate data. Hopes that better data will be available. Roquemore: comparing the two colleges might be difficult because of complications in the data.
     Fuentes: do we know how other districts utilize this info? Do they use it for "merit pay"? Burnett: nobody uses it for merit pay. Different district's use it differently. Fuentes: how do colleges/deans use it?
     Blah, blah, blah.
"Interesting," but...
     CONSENT CALENDAR: Wagner pulled 5.8.
     5.8 concerns "community ed." Audit report says $188,000 deficit on the books in community ed at IVC? Really?
     IVC VPI Craig Justice: most of the revenue for Spring doesn't come in until August. Each course makes money. Difficulties arise with overhead expense. The situation is improving. Stiff competition with City of Irvine. The other fee-based programs--contract ed, testing center--make a profit. When you consider all of the fee-based programs, the deficit shrinks dramatically. Each year, the deficit is shrinking.
     Wagner: no, the auditors say it is not shrinking. There was a recent 50% increase. "You're at odds with our auditor. Why?" Wagner: Saddleback College not running deficit? Nope. Wagner looks at Justice.
     Roquemore: our community ed program has been in deficit going two presidents back. We've made many attempts to become solvent. We considered dropping it a couple of years ago. When that was floated, it became clear that a long line of seniors would show up at the board meetings, complaining bitterly. So we took another tack. I'm under the impression that the situation is improving. If that's not the case, we'll "reengage." We have attempted to get ahead of it.
     Lang: overhead burden? How is that determined? Justice: blah, blah, blah.
     Fuentes: you said that city of Irvine offers competitive courses. Why would we be in competition with a local group? If we don't need to provide it, why do we do so? This is an era in which we have to look everywhere to save....
Looking for booby traps
     Justice: no, no duplication. We do try to find niches. Fuentes: but you said there was competition from Irvine. Is there or isn't there? Roquemore: "it's a volume issue." We can't duplicate their courses. We have a much smaller program (than Saddleback?). Economy of scale issue. We heard from the community: please don't cut these courses.
     Jay: way back when, there were philosophical difference between IVC and Saddleback. Jay championed "credit" courses at Emeritus. Ed Hart preferred non-credit for seniors, etc. Maybe things are different now.
     Burnett: in some ways, things have changed. Community ed is very valuable and vibrant. But community ed is different from Emeritus. These programs are under fire from the state.
     Jay: courses such as "Getting inside your pets head"--that kind of program. "Very interesting stuff," but maybe not appropriate.
     Wagner: I'm looking at these IVC courses, and each course seems to make money. Salary is more than paid for by fees collected. So why not profitable? Justice: it's overhead. Bullock: you might want to look at honoraria (salary); very different at the two colleges.
     Lang: do we need to pass this tonight? Do we have time?
     Justice: yes, timing is a serious issue. Publication can be delayed. Will jeopardize marketing, thus revenues. My recommendation: move forward. Let's address this in a multi-year plan. Move for approval.
     Matter carries. A short break is called.
     6.1 Grant, IVC, $530,000. Fuentes: what happens after the three years? Roquemore: with staffing? Blah blah blah. Carries unanimously.
     6.2 Reorganization of IVC. Unanimous.
     6.3 Faculty hiring, IVC. Unanimous.
     6.4 Board policies. Marcia asks why "board of trustees" crossed out in board policy for board code of ethics. Passes unanimously.
     6.5 Board policy revisions. Unanimous.

That Pesky IVC Dean Position:
     6.6 SOCCCD Academic Personnel actions. Two things pulled: A1aB1 pulled (by Wagner on recommendation of Chancellor). Was an issue in my election, and Padberg/Milchiker elections, said Wagner. So was pulled last time(?)
     A1a: dean of academic programs. Kathleen Wurle. Was contentious. (This is the dean position proposed last summer amid controversy. When, a few weeks ago, Wagner learned that Wendy G. was not forwarded to the final interviews in the search process, he went ballistic and seems to have gone after Roquemore ever since.) 
     Something that was pulled, owing to citizen complaints(?). We'd be in bad faith, says Don, if we were to put it right back immediately after the election!
     Wagner said, I think,  administration (chancellor) asks these to be pulled: B1 also. So Wagner wants to comply. Turns out Burnet and Co. have no problem with B1. Lang asks, Is this a case of board leadership arbitrarily pulling something recommended by the colleges? Wagner says: you did this yourself when board Prez--you and Raghu. Lang says, "never happened." Wagner: you sure did. Lang looks pissed. Wagner is determined. He moves forward.(The name Marla Scroat comes up.)
     Passes unanimously, with those two positions pulled. Will they be back in December?
     6.7 SOCCCD Classified personnel. Some things pulled. (?) Unanimous.
     6.8 Employee agreement (contract) for Poertner. Unanimous.
     8.0 Reports from governance groups:
     More congrats. Blah blah blah
     Lewis Long: Union will be hosting "meet your trustees" party. Hope you'll show up (he says to trustees).
     8:54 -- adjourned.
  A slightly weird meeting, with Wagner often making little references to his unpopularity. Listens oddly while some offer praise and appreciation. Pretty uncomfortable. But some moments of genuine warmth, it seems. Mixed bag.
     Unless Prendergast is the biggest asshole in the world (not likely!), things are bound to improve, starting December. We hear that Williams will bail in January. If that happens, board meetings will become positively unsulfurous.
     Well, almost.

     See also Board of Trustees Meeting Highlights

The preposterously unnecessary Prendergast/Muldoon update for Wednesday

THOMAS "T.J." PRENDERGAST
115,147 - 50.90%

KEVIN M. MULDOON
111,079 - 49.10%

Since yesterday, only 169 ballots were counted. Sheesh.
Prendergast is ahead of Muldoon by 4068 votes, an insurmountable lead.

The Morning Matinee: "Missing Class"

One in our ongoing series:



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Update: for those not in the know: a quick search of YouTube and academia-related blogs reveals many of these kind of DIY videos. We post them to cheer your spirits. We do not claim them as our own. Only our own we claim as our own. Today's is not one though I had a conversation just like it last week.
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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Tomorrow: "special" meeting before the regular meeting

     NO BIGGIE: The "regular" board meeting starts at 5:00 p.m. tomorrow (the closed session begins at 5:00; the open session is set for 6:30).
     But 15 minutes before all that, there will be a brief "special" meeting "for the purpose of rescheduling the Regular and Organizational meeting of the Board for December 2010."
     The regular and organizational meetings are now scheduled for Monday, December 6.

Utterly pointless Prendergast v. Muldoon update

THOMAS "T.J." PRENDERGAST
115,058 - 50.90%

KEVIN M. MULDOON
110,999 - 49.10%

Only 246 ballots were counted since yesterday. They seem to be scrapin' the very bottom now—the bottom of the bottom of the ballot barrel. Click HERE for an account of ballots left to count. Do the math. It's over.

Have I mentioned that Prendergast's victory is very bad news for Fuentes and very good news for Truth, Justice, and the American Way?

Jason's nightmare

     Nov. 16: Just noticed that our pal Jason Davis (13 Stoploss), Iraq vet and literary journalism student, has a video over at Newsweek concerning the nightmarish residue of his time in Iraq: Warrior Dreams: Jason Davis Reads 'The Young Boy'.
     Evidently, he was invited to do the video based on writing he did for his blog a while back. Powerful stuff.
     According to Newsweek editor Sarah Frank,
Davis, a literary journalism student at the University of California-Irvine, and a former U.S. Army sergeant, completed two deployments to Iraq with the 101st Airborne, from 2003-2006. He runs the blog, 13 stoploss, where he writes about his "transition from pawn to citizen." He adapted this essay, from a larger blog post entitled, "Nightmares and PTSD."
     We're very proud of the multi-talented Jason, a former student of mine (and of many at IVC). Congrats!
     And good luck on your sleep, dude.

Monday, November 15, 2010

The professionals! (Just Gimme Some Truth)

     NOV. 15: Just after 5:00 today, we at Irvine Valley College received the following email, announcing the temporary replacement of Kathleen Schrader, the Dean of Math, Science, and Engineering, who was recently fired (then unfired, then placed on administrative leave):
Colleagues:

     Please join me in welcoming Bill Kelly, who will serve as IVC’s Acting Dean of Mathematics, Science, and Engineering through June 30, 2011. Bill previously served as Dean of IVC’s Math and Science Division from July 2004-to 2007. Bill brings extensive community college experience throughout the state, [comma splice!] he served as Dean of Fine Arts, Physical Education-Athletics at Saddleback College from July 2000-July 2001. From 1989-1995, Bill was Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services for the South Orange County Community College District. Bill earned a Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts from Pepperdine University. Please join me in welcoming Bill’s return to IVC.

Very Respectfully,
Glenn R. Roquemore, Ph.D.
President
Irvine Valley College
     President Roquemore, who ascended to administrative ranks back in 1997 owing to his sudden willingness to work with the hated Raghu P. Mathur 
(until then, Roquemore had worked with administration to remove Mathur as chair of his School; the nakedly ambitious Mathur had used unscrupulous means to retain that position, one that the equally nakedly ambitious Roquemore desperately coveted), 
--as I was saying, President Roquemore called Schrader to his office a couple of weeks ago to call her on the carpet over her alleged unprofessionalism as evidenced by some of her instructors’ banter, during a Biological Sciences meeting, regarding Mrs. Roquemore’s planned cake-baking (or cake-buying) efforts for the opening of the new Chemistry buildings. (Kiana is an IVC chem instructor.)

     (I'm told that Schrader was very clear about the object of Roquemore's consternation in conversations she had with friends in the immediate aftermath of her untimely "firing.")


     PLAN B: No doubt after a session with “legal” (or HR) at the district, Roquemore developed a new sense of what occurred during his meeting with Schrader: no, he did not meet with Schrader about snarky faculty comments about Kiana’s cake; it had nothing to do with that! (don’t be silly! Glenn has always scrupulously treated his wife as just another instructor!*); it was, he said, about an alleged offensive remark made during the same meeting about classified employees: something about the shallow end of the gene pool. (Efforts to hear this comment on a tape recording of the meeting have yielded no evidence that classified employees were the target of the “gene pool” remark. Faculty who were at the meeting continue to scratch their heads over what about the meeting could be construed as evidence of Schrader's unprofessionalism--unless it's Glenn's notorious customary unprofessionalism and kneejerkery re Kiana.)

     Before Kelly accepted this acting dean position, the job had already been offered to someone else—a respected member of faculty. She took time to think it over. When she returned to accept the offer, she was then told, “Well, no, we gave it to someone else.”
     The professionals!

*I've spoken to some highly reliable people at IVC who swear that Glenn has--well, let's just say that they report numerous and amazing incidents of a kind that Glenn seems to say have never occurred! Some of these people are talkin'. And not just to me

A totally unnecessary update: Prendergast still on top

Typical voter
THOMAS "T.J." PRENDERGAST
114,933 - 50.90%

KEVIN M. MULDOON
110,878 - 49.10%

Further evidence that things are winding down: few votes counted since yesterday (only 230 ballots; see). So I think they're just pickin' up stray ballots out in the parking lot, in workers' hair, and under the seats. Meanwhile, Prendergast maintains a 4000+ lead. So it's over, dude.

Not so fast! Rethinking fall opening

Today's report  — up again USC reverses robust fall reopening plans, asks students to stay home for online classes LA Times  ...

Invited to IVC—this time a notorious admitted HOMOPHOBE

—Conservative radio host, Michael Reagan


Here at IVC, natch, we have an Accounting Department. It happens to support something called the Guaranteed Accounting Program: GAP4+1.

According to the department website,

This unique pathway program — a partnership between Irvine Valley College (IVC) and Cal State Fullerton (CSUF) — will enable you to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in four years and a master’s degree with one more additional year (thus GAP4+1).

Among the Master's degrees available through the program, we're told, are "Accountancy and Finance; Taxation; or Accountancy."


We're also told that "The number of students accepted into this program in any one year is limited so be sure to apply early."


Great. The early bird gets the worm.


Evidently, the good people of the GAP4+1 program have recently seen fit to invite someone to speak at Irvine Valley College (in late April): Michael Reagan.




The Republican Party of OC just loves IVC (from their website)

That's right. They've invited Reagan family embarrassment Michael, a man of, let's face it, little or no distinction.


He was expelled from his High School and he washed-out of college. Eventually, he went into clothing sales.


In those early years, he made some curious friends:

In 1965, the FBI warned Ronald Reagan that in the course of an organized crime investigation it had discovered his son Michael was associating with the son of crime boss Joseph Bonanno, which would have become a campaign issue had it been publicly known. Reagan thanked the FBI and said he would phone his son to discreetly discontinue the association. (From Wikipedia's Michael Reagan.)

[“F.B.I. agents in Phoenix made an unexpected discovery: According to records, ‘the son of Ronald Reagan was associating with the son of Joe Bonnano [sic].’ That is, Michael Reagan, the adopted son of Reagan and Ms. Wyman, was consorting with Bonanno’s son, Joseph Jr. The teenagers had bonded over their shared love of fast cars and acting tough.” ... "Joseph Jr. was not involved in organized crime, but he was spending time at his father’s home... [I]n October 1964, he had been arrested in connection with the beating of a Scottsdale, Ariz., coffee shop manager. ... Following routine procedure, F.B.I. agents in Phoenix asked agents in Los Angeles to interview Ronald Reagan for any information he might have gleaned from his son. The investigation, after all, was a top priority. But Hoover blocked them from questioning Reagan, thus sparing him potentially unfavorable publicity. Declaring it 'unlikely that Ronald Reagan would have any information of significance,' Hoover instead ordered agents to warn him about his son’s worrisome friendship." - New York Times]

Later, there were legal problems:

In 1981 Reagan was accused, but later cleared of felony violations of California securities laws in court documents. The Los Angeles County District Attorney alleged that Reagan had baited investors into unlawful stock arrangements, and selling stocks despite the fact that he was not legally permitted to do so. The D.A.'s office investigated allegations that Reagan improperly spent money invested by others in a company, Agricultural Energy Resources, he operated out of his house in a venture to develop the potential of gasohol, a combination of alcohol and gasoline. Investigators said they were also checking whether he had spent up to $17,500 of investors' money for his living expenses. The district attorney's office cleared Reagan of both charges later that year. [“The investigators said they became interested in Michael Reagan after being informed that he had steered customers to Mr. Carey {Richard Francis Carey, who "was selling worthless stock,"} had accepted a $4,000 check from one investor, and that, in at least one meeting of potential investors, his relationship to Ronald Reagan had apparently been exploited as a promotional tool for the stock.” - New York Times]
On September 20, 2012, Reagan and two associates were sued by Elias Chavando, a fellow partner, for allegedly withholding Chavando's interest in an e-mail business built around the Reagan.com domain name. In 2015, a Los Angeles Superior Court jury found Reagan liable for conversion and breach of fiduciary duty. Reagan and his business partners were ordered to pay $662,500 in damages.
(From Wikipedia's Michael Reagan.)

Michael tended to smash things (cars, etc.) in his youth. Well into his 40s, he tells us, he was full of "rage" (owing, he explains, to having been molested) and he treated his family badly.


Then, natch, he found the Lord.


Plus, owing to his relationship to his pop, President Ronald Reagan, Michael grabbed the brass ring and became a talk-show host on one or two right-wing radio networks. Blah, blah, blah, he said.


In his latter-day career as mediocre right-wing bloviater and Pious Christian, Michael Reagan has said some unfortunate things:

In April 2013, in a syndicated column, Reagan accused American churches of not fighting hard enough to block same-sex marriage. He wrote that, in regards to arguments supporting gay marriage, similar arguments could be used to support polygamy, bestiality, and murder.

. . . In June 2008, conspiracy theorist Mark Dice launched a campaign urging people to send letters and DVDs to troops stationed in Iraq which support the theory that the September 11 attacks were an "inside job". "Operation Inform the Soldiers", as Dice has called it, prompted Reagan to comment that Dice should be executed for treason. Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting, a liberal/progressive media criticism organization, asked Radio America at the time to explain whether it permits "its hosts to call for murder on the air".

. . . He spoke out in support of profiling in October 2014. In a piece called Profile or Die, he wrote that it would be left to citizens to defend themselves if there were an attack against them by terrorists such as the Islamic State. (Wikipedia)

Golly. It's pretty clear that Michael Reagan is just another "former total fuck-up, now reborn and pious."


Intellectually, he's a low-rent Limbaugh, and that's pretty low.


I mean, when he gets here, just what is he gonna say? That liberals are evil? That his dad was a saint? That freedom and democracy are good? That you oughta put your life in the hands of the Lord? That you don't need to go to college? That homosexuality is a sin?


Only in Bizarro World would Michael Reagan be judged a good speaker to invite to a college.


* * *

Meanwhile, IVC's Guaranteed Accounting Program folks have only wonderful things to say about the fellow:


Michael Reagan

The eldest son of former President Ronald Reagan and one of the most dynamic and sought-after public speakers, Michael Reagan’s commitments to public service and the conservative vision his father championed are second to none, making him the natural heir to the Reagan conservative legacy. Michael serves as chairman and president of the Reagan Legacy Foundation, which seeks to advance the causes President Reagan held dear and to memorialize the accomplishments of his presidency. Michael’s career includes hosting a national conservative radio talk show syndicated by Premiere Radio Networks, championing his father’s values and principles in the public policy forum, commentating and appearing on the Today Show, Good Morning America, Good Day LA, CNN, and Fox News, and contributing to Newsmax Television. Also an accomplished author, Michael has many successful books including On the Outside Looking In, Twice Adopted, and his latest book, Lessons My Father Taught Me.

Well, sure. But he's also the worst kind of insubstantial, opportunistic "celebrity." And he's not an intellectual; he's a propagandist. He's a minor player in our sad era of noisy and loutish conservative anti-intellectualism and demagoguery.


—And he's a homophobe, among other things. Or so he says.


WAY TO GO, GLENN


IVC Prez Roquemore shares Reagan's enthusiasm for the Pussy-grabber-in-chief.

Recent columns by Michael Reagan


ALL IS FAIR IN THE WAR ON TRUMP (Cagle.com) - by Michael Reagan, December 13, 2018

…Hillary continues to skate free, unbothered by the FBI or any federal agency for the dirty things she and the Obama administration’s injustice department did during the 2016 election to try to defeat Donald Trump.

But not General Flynn.

His life was ruined by the FBI bosses who set out to nail him – and did….

TRUMP VS THE CRAZIES (Cagle.com) - by Michael Reagan, January 11, 2019

…Some of the country’s most desperate liberals in the media actually argued that the president’s televised pitch to the country for congressional funding for a stronger border fence should not be carried live by the networks.

Why? Because they said the president lies too much and they wanted to be able to fact-check his speech beforehand….

TRUMP SAYS ‘ADIOS’ TO BIRTHRIGHT CITIZENSHIP (Cagle.com) - by Michael Reagan, November 1, 2018

…Ending birthright citizenship, better known as dropping the anchor baby, is the most significant illegal immigration reform the President Trump has announced. With a single executive order, he unplugs a beacon that attracts scammers from the world over. He also attacks a visible manifestation of the “foreigners first” mindset that has infected the State Department, and the rest of the federal bureaucracy, since the 1960s….

THE PARTY OF EVIL (Cagle.com) - by Michael Reagan, October 11, 2018

…Now, thanks to the Democrats’ ugly smear campaign against Judge Kavanaugh, Republican senators like Susan Collins and Trump spokeswoman Sarah Sanders need security guards 24/7.

It’s not the new Supreme Court Justice who’s evil.

It’s the Democrat Party and the nasty “progressives” who’ve taken it over and are willing to say or do anything or destroy anyone to bring down President Trump.

Maybe this is not something new. Maybe the Democrats have always been this evil….

About Michael Reagan:


A separate peace* (LA Times, August 31, 2004) – by Anne-Marie O'Connor

For years, Michael Reagan, the older son of Ronald Reagan, felt unloved and unwanted. His parents divorced when he was 3. Two years later he was packed off to a boarding school where, he says, he was so lonely he cried himself to sleep. Sexually abused at age 7, he felt shame and self-loathing, compounded by Bible passages that convinced him he would never go to heaven.

He grew up so angry he smashed a childhood bicycle and later took a sledgehammer to his new car. Well into his 40s, his "rage came to a full boil," and he often yelled at his wife and young son.

Then, he says, he found salvation through the love of his family and his "adoption" by God. He embraced conservative values and became a syndicated talk-radio host who today tells listeners: "I am homophobic."….

Roquemore and U of Phoenix

From Clueless IVC Prez Glenn Roquemore smiles as he makes nice with the enemy DtB, 8-26-14

Vice President, Western Region, Workforce Solutions/University of Phoenix, Chuck Parker, President, Irvine Valley College, Dr. Glenn R. Roquemore

Members of the Irvine Valley College community just received this gushing email from the President:

Irvine Valley College Signs Memorandum of Understanding with University of Phoenix

Irvine – Irvine Valley College (IVC) administration, faculty and staff held a formal signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the University of Phoenix, Inc. (University) on Wednesday, August 20, 2014.

Irvine Valley College President Glenn Roquemore said, “This partnership will expand the many transfer opportunities available to the IVC students and staff. One of the major benefits of the MOU is the tuition discount."

Irvine Valley College students transferring to University of Phoenix into an undergraduate baccalaureate degree program … will be considered as having satisfied the general education requirements for the breadth of the liberal arts degree program….

IVC students get 10% off Phoenix tuition, which is way pricey.

Evidently, President Roquemore is not aware that entities such as the U of Phoenix exist to make huge profits by taking advantage of students who typically receive federally insured loans, putting them in serious debt. Those students, upon graduating, typically fail to find the work they were expecting and often default on their loans, forcing the taxpayer to pay. (It's a massive bubble that, one day, will pop.)

You’re fine with all that, are you Glenn? You're a Republican, aren't you? Yeah. I see you smiling with those vets you claim to love!

Alas, the "predatory for-profits" problem is especially egregious in the case of Vets, who pay their way via the new GI Bill:


GI Bill funds failing for-profit California colleges

(Desert Sun)

The ever-clueless Glenn R

Over the last five years, more than $600 million in college assistance for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans has been spent on California schools so substandard that they have failed to qualify for state financial aid.

As a result, the GI Bill — designed to help veterans live the American dream — is supporting for-profit companies that spend lavishly on marketing but can leave veterans with worthless degrees and few job prospects, The Center for Investigative Reporting found.

. . .

Financial records analyzed by CIR show that California is the national epicenter of this problem, with nearly 2 out of every 3 GI Bill dollars going to for-profit colleges.

The University of Phoenix in San Diego outdistances its peers. Since 2009, the campus has received $95 million in GI Bill funds. That's more than any brick-and-mortar campus in America, more than the entire 10-campus University of California system and all UC extension programs combined.

. . .

The school's large share of GI Bill funding reflects more than just the number of veterans enrolling. The programs are expensive. An associate degree costs $395 a credit, for instance — nearly 10 times the cost at a public community college.

The University of Phoenix won't say how many of its veterans graduate or find jobs, but the overall graduation rate at its San Diego campus is less than 15 percent, according to the U.S. Department of Education, and more than a quarter of students default on their loans within three years of leaving school.

Those figures fall short of the minimum standards set by the California Student Aid Commission, which dispenses state financial aid. The commission considers either a graduation rate lower than 30 percent or a loan default rate of more than 15.5 percent clear indicators of a substandard education.

No such restrictions govern GI Bill funds. And nearly 300 California schools that received GI Bill money either were barred from receiving state financial aid at least once in the past four years or operated without accreditation, CIR has found.

. . .

Of the $1.5 billion in GI Bill funds spent on tuition and fees in California since 2009, CIR found that more than 40 percent — $638 million —went to schools that have failed the state financial aid standard at least once in the past four years.

Four of those schools were University of Phoenix campuses, which together took in $225 million….

An Enemy In Common? The Case Against For-Profit Colleges

(Cognoscenti [NPR Boston])

… As Americans, we should all be concerned that veterans are being taken advantage of by unscrupulous profiteers. As taxpayers, we should be aware that we are paying for this disservice. Approximately 85-95 percent of the for-profits’ revenue comes from taxpayer-supported benefits….

For-Profit College Investigation--Is the New GI Bill Working?: Questionable For-Profit Colleges Increasingly Dominate the Program

([Senator] Harkin newsletter)


…Senator Harkin's HELP Committee investigation found:

. . .

  • Most for-profit colleges charge much higher tuition than comparable programs at community colleges and flagship State public universities. The investigation found Associate degree and certificate programs averaged four times the cost of degree programs at comparable community colleges. Bachelor's degree programs averaged 20 percent more than the cost of analogous programs at flagship public universities despite the credits being largely non-transferrable.
  • Because 96 percent of students starting a for-profit college take federal student loans to attend a for-profit college (compared to 13 percent at community colleges), nearly all students who leave have student loan debt, even when they don't have a degree or diploma or increased earning power.
  • Students who attended a for-profit college accounted for 47 percent of all Federal student loan defaults in 2008 and 2009. More than 1 in 5 students enrolling in a for-profit college-22 percent-default within 3 years of entering repayment on their student loans....

Hey-Diddly-Ho, Neighbor!

Oldie but Goodie [2012]: See Senator Harkin’s For-Profit College Investigation: U of Phoenix

Glenn Roquemore, the Pacifica Institute & women's "primordial nature"

Glenn Roquemore, the Pacifica Institute & women's "primordial nature" May 21, 2013

Delivering factoids for

Turkish anti-feminists

Here’s a curious factoid. I came across the following press release, evidently dating back to April of 2008. It was posted by the “Pacifica Institute,” which has a dozen or so offices, including one in Orange County (Irvine):


Glenn R. Roquemore-Irvine Valley College President Speaks at PI - Orange County

Today Pacifica Institute hosted Irvine Valley College President Glenn Roquemore. Before this luncheon forum in Irvine , New Zealand Consul General Rob Taylor and Irvine Mayor Beth Krom were the keynote speakers. Consul General Rob Taylor spoke about Welcoming Diversity as a Path to Peace and Mayor Beth Krom’s topic was How to Create a Balanced Community. Dr Glenn Roquemore’s topic is the Role of Community Colleges in Higher Education.

Dr. Glenn Roquemore is President of Irvine Valley College….

Dr Roquemore gave very important statistics of the Community Colleges in California….

You’ll recall that, in the past, we’ve kidded Roquemore over his tendency to approach speaking always as an occasion to dispense the merest of statistics as though they were astonishing jewels. "Two percent of our students," he'll say, "sport a vestigial tail." Huh?

What’s the matter with ‘im? Dunno.

But just who are these “Pacifica Institute” people?

According to PI’s website,

Pacifica Institute was established in 2003 as a non-profit organization by a group of Turkish-Americans. Pacifica Institute designs and executes projects covering social welfare, education, poverty, and conflict resolution issues in collaboration with scholars, activists, artists, politicians, and religious leaders-communities….

. . .

The Institute seeks to …[engage] in a variety of civic activities and [seeks to invite] others to generate and share insights, thereby removing barriers to confidence-building and trust….

Gosh, it sounds as though that illiterate pseudo-educator, Raghu Mathur, may have had a hand in writing this stuff.

Elsewhere, PI presents “Frequently Asked Questions about Pacifica Institute and Fethullah Gülen.”

One naturally assumes, then, that Mr. Fethullah Gülen and his ideas are important to PI. Sure enough, in the Q&A, Gülen and his movement are central:

Fethullah Gülen

Q: How is the Pacifica Institute involved with the Gülen movement?

A: Some of the founders and donors of Pacifica Institute are participants of the so-called Gülen, or Hizmet movement. Pacifica Institute was inspired by the movement’s philosophy and goals….

. . .

The Gülen/Hizmet movement is a values-driven social movement and following a philosophy that advances interfaith dialog, education and community service as tools to build a better and more harmonious society. The movement was inspired by the philosophy and teachings of Fethullah Gülen, a Turkish scholar, author and advocate….

. . .

Q: Who is Fethullah Gülen?

A: Fethullah Gülen is a Turkish scholar, preacher, thinker, author, opinion leader, education activist, and peace advocate who is considered by many to be one of the world’s most influential religious thinkers. He is regarded as the initiator and inspirer of the worldwide civil society movement, the Gülen Movement, which is committed to education, dialogue, peace, social justice, and social harmony….

Well, I’ve done a little looking, and this Gülen fella is mighty controversial, in some circles at least.

I skimmed a couple of sites, which suggested that Gulen is, among other things, a conservative and a vocal opponent of feminism (although I ask that readers judge for themselves based on his writings--and the writings of his mouthpieces).

So I went to the Fethullah Gülen website. There, I searched the term “feminism” and that brought me to a page with links to various relevant essays, evidently by Mr. Gülen, including The Gülen Movement: Gender and Practice.

I clicked on that. That essay includes this passage:

Although he promotes equality between the sexes, Fethullah Gülen's views on gender can indeed be described as complementary. He sees women and men as having equal value but inheriting different roles and characteristics due to physical and psychological differences. He classifies men as "physically stronger and apt to bear hardship" and women as "more compassionate, more delicate, more self sacrificing" (Gülen 2006: 1). Although he does state that women can be involved in any field of work he idealizes the mother as the pure educator (Gülen 2006: 2) implicitly implying that the man should be the family provider. This may open up for critique on behalf of Western feminists or scholars of religion and gender. According to this relatively new academic discipline[,] gender is a social construction. Human beings are born with different sexes, but social roles and expectations of fulfillment of these are constructed and emphasized by the norms that prevail in society.

Another link takes one to an essay entitled Women Confined and Mistreated. Here are some excerpts:

As a reaction to all the injustice done to women … a movement to claim women's rights emerged, particularly in the West. Even though this movement is considered an awakening of women, it occurred as a reaction and was doomed to imbalance like all other reactionary movements and ended up in extremism. Although the starting point was to defend women, in time it deviated from the original aim to the degree of being full of hatred towards men and to feeling a grudge against them. The movement named feminism, which was born from the idea of protecting women and providing them with rights equal to those of men, has only left behind longing, sorrow, and wreckage as a movement of discontentment….

. . .

According to Islam, women's role in this world is not only restricted to doing the housework and raising children. In fact, as long as it does not conflict with her primordial nature or with observing religious requirements, she is responsible for carrying out the duties that befall her in every area of society and making up for shortcomings where men fall short in social life. However, this reality was ignored in time, even among Muslims; rough understandings and crude thinking upset this system based on women and men's mutual assistance. After this upset, both family life and the social order were also upset. Different peoples' perception of their own historical heritage as a part of Islam, their seeing and reflecting their folklore and traditions as essentials of religion, and making judgments pertaining to this issue at certain periods all resulted in the usurpation of women's rights; they were pushed into a more restricted area day by day, and in some places they were totally isolated from life without consideration of where this issue leads. However, the source of mistaken thoughts and deviations in this matter is not Islam whatsoever. The mistakes belong to those who misinterpret and misapply the religion. Such mistakes in practice must definitely be corrected.

On the other hand, while correcting these mistakes, approaching the issue from a feminist standpoint will upset the balance again and an opposite extremism will replace the former. For instance, just as it is very ugly to see women as merely child-bearing objects and is insolence towards them, it is equally unbecoming and unnatural to build a society where women are unable to bear and bring up the children they wish for, or for a woman to feel a need to rebel against marrying and to avoid bearing children in order to show that she is not a machine. As a woman is not a dirty dish, her place at home is not confined to the kitchen with the dirty dishes. However, a woman who claims to have no household responsibilities and thereby turns her home to a quarters for eating and sleeping is far from being a good mother, a good teacher, and a good spiritual guide to her children.

Besides all this, it is another form of oppression to make women work under difficult conditions, such as mining and road-building. It contradicts human nature to push women into heavy tasks like agricultural manual labor, or military field operations, and other harsh pursuits, just for the sake of proving their equality with men; it is nothing but cruel torture. It shows ignorance of women's qualities and conflicts with their primordial nature. Therefore, just as an understanding which imprisons women at home and takes them completely away from social life is absolutely incorrect according to Islam, likewise, depriving women of financial support, preventing them from bearing and raising children in security, and forcing women into the labor force to do uncongenial work is also oppressive. A woman, like a man, can have a certain job as far as her (and his) physiology and psychology are taken into consideration; but both women and men should know that a good life consists of sharing and division of labor. Each should assist the other by doing tasks in compliance with their nature.

Yikes.

I’m in no position to judge this “take” on feminism relative to the various Muslim communities (e.g., in Turkey) and the possibility of discourse within them. But it’s pretty plain that Gülen’s philosophy, as expressed here, is antithetical to some of the core tenets of Western feminism, broadly understood. It seems clear that Gülen is not likely to gain many adherents or followers among contemporary Westerners, with their commitment to the ideal of equality, as they understand it at least, between the sexes.

The Wikipedia article on Gülen is alarming—if, that is, it can be trusted. It asserts that

...Gülen's views are vulnerable to the charge of misogyny. As noted by Berna Turam, Gülen has argued:

"the man is used to more demanding jobs . . . but a woman must be excluded during certain days during the month. After giving birth, she sometimes cannot be active for two months. She cannot take part in different segments of the society all the time. She cannot travel without her husband, father, or brother . . . the superiority of men compared to women cannot be denied." [35]

Berna Turam, Northeastern

Wikipedia is quoting Berna Turam, a serious academic at Northeastern U. She herself seems to cite a work from 1996 entitled Fethullah Gulen Hocaefendi ile ufuk turu (Aktuel kitaplar dizisi). It is written in Turkish.

One should be careful to note that the superiority that Gülen is discussing is physical, not moral, or at least that's how I read it. Even so, his remarks are mighty offensive, at least to these Western ears.


Gosh Glenn, you really oughta be more careful who you hang out with. Philosophically, these Gülenites are a problem, at least relative to most of our community on these shores.

I'll see if I can shed more light on the Pacifica Institute and what it means for the likes of Glenn Roquemore and Beth Krom (a Democrat) to be hanging out with 'em.

Votes of "no confidence" - 1999

from the Dissenter's Dictionary, Dec. 3, 1999


MATHUR, RAGHU P.



In April of 1997, in an action later judged a violation of the Open Meetings law, the Board Majority appointed chemistry teacher and campus joke Raghu P. Mathur as Interim President of Irvine Valley College. At the time, Mathur had no experience as a full-time administrator. Five months later, through a process that violated board policy, and amid strong faculty opposition, the BM appointed Mathur permanent president. That action, too, was later voided owing to violations of the Brown Act. Two years later, despite his miserable record, which included a vote of no confidence and the palpable contempt of nearly all IVC faculty and staff, the board majority renewed Mathur's contract, giving him a raise and a $200 a month "security stipend."

Mathur was hired as an instructor in 1979, and he quickly established a reputation as a schemer and liar who would stoop to anything in order to secure an administrative position. Owing to his manifest unsavoriness, however, that ambition was consistently thwarted both inside and outside the district.

His intrigues soon gained him the hatred of Ed Hart, IVC's first president. In 1986, Hart retired, and the college adopted a "faculty chair" model, partly for fiscal reasons. Soon, Mathur "ruled" the tiny school of Physical Sciences as its chair. During the "chair" era, he was, without doubt, the chief abuser of that office, engaging in endless machinations while arranging a lucrative schedule that netted him a salary far in excess of the college president's ($124,000 in 1996-7).

During this period, Mathur continued to seek administrative positions. When he was passed over, he played the race card, charging everyone in sight with "discrimination," apparently on the sole grounds that he had not been selected.

Mathur's habit, as chair, of circumventing the governance process eventually yielded an official censure of him by IVC's "Instructional Council' in April of 1994. Earlier, the IC membership had all agreed not to go outside the process--particularly with regard to the selection of the IVC presidential search committee chair. During an IC meeting in March (of 94), Mathur was asked whether, despite the agreement, he had presented a petition, urging the selection of a particular faculty member, to the chancellor. He answered that he had "not forwarded" a petition to the chancellor or anyone. In fact, he had and, apparently on that basis, the chancellor did appoint the faculty member as (co)chair.

When this came to light in April, Mathur was censured. According to the minutes of the April 5 meeting, "Instructional Council had agreed that no one will work outside of the IVC governance structure and agreed-upon processes. They felt that Raghu had lied to the Council...[One member] made a motion to censur Raghu Mathur for lying to the Instructional Council regarding the petition and the presidential search process and for misrepresenting not only Instructional Council, but also the faculty...Raghu Mathur stated that he did not lie to the Instructional Council. He said that he was asked if he had forwarded the petition to the Chancellor and he said he had not. He did admit, however, that he had shown the petition to Chancellor Lombardi...Raghu felt that the members of Instructional Council were making too big of a deal out of the situation...The question was called and the motion passed with 8 ayes, 3 noes, and 4 abstentions."

Classified employees, too, have at times found it necessary to complain about of Mathur's conduct. For instance, in August of 1995, IVC administration received a letter from Leann Cribb, Executive Secretary (and formerly secretary for the School of Physical Sciences), in which she wrote: "Mr. Mathur routinely revises facts and manufactures innuendo to suit his objectives." During the January '98 Board meeting, classified employee Julie Ben-Yeoshua explained that Mathur was the reason she was seeking employment elsewhere: "Since you first appointed Raghu Mathur as the interim president, the atmosphere at IVC has changed drastically; morale is in the gutter...[Mathur's] inability to tell the truth is so natural that I have come to gauge everything he says and writes by believing the complete opposite...."

By the mid-90s, Mathur had come to regard Terry Burgess, then-VP of Instruction, as his nemesis, and, in 1996, he tried to discredit Burgess with the board. In the spring of '96, a student sought to enroll in a chemistry course without enrolling in the concurrent lab, and the matter came before the chair--Mathur. Though the student provided documentation proving that she had done the equivalent work at UCI, Mathur denied the request, whereupon the student asked for a review of the decision by the Office of Instruction. Mathur agreed to go along with the Office's decision.

Later, however, he accused Burgess of signing the student's admittance card despite non-approval by the instructor. Mathur convinced his school to send a resolution of complaint to the board (and also to the senate and the union), appending the student's transcripts, without her permission, an action that violated the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and district policies. When then-IVC president Dan Larios learned of this, he requested an opinion from the district's attorneys regarding the legality of Mathur's action. The opinion, dated March 18, 1996, indicates that Mathur acted improperly, violating FERPA and board policy 5619. Larios was fed up.

Realizing that Larios now planned to deny approval of him as chair of his school, Mathur, as per usual, scrambled to lobby board members for support. On March 29, Larios met with Mathur; he explained that he had lost confidence in Mathur and that Mathur had better "change." In the end, Larios wrote a memo (May 14) expressing his serious reservations about Mathur's leadership, owing to his repeated circumventing of established processes and his violations of board policy, and placed him on probation. If there were any further violations of process, wrote Larios, Mathur would be removed as chair.

In the meantime, Mathur asked the senate to censure Burgess. It declined to do so, citing Mathur's misdescription of crucial facts. Larios, troubled by Mathur's misrepresentations, sent out a memo explaining that Burgess had in no sense acted improperly.

In December of '96, the Board Majority era began, and Larios sensed that it was time to move on. Normally, the VP of Instruction—Terry Burgess--would serve as interim president, but the BM blocked his selection, and, in March, Lombardi was chosen as a sort of compromise. But in April, Frogue presented another one of Mathur's petitions--this time, an “anonymous” petition urging Mathur's selection as president. On that basis, Mathur became IVC president.

Mathur's outrages while president are too numerous to recount here. Suffice it to say that in the early months of 1998, the IVC academic senate instituted a Special Inquiry into “abuses of power.” By April, it became necessary to abandon the investigation, owing to the number and the complexity of the charges against Mathur. Said the committee’s chair: “It’s like bailing water out of the Titanic with a tea cup…Every time we put an allegation to bed, another one jumps up” (Voice, 5/7/98). Soon thereafter, Mathur received a 74% vote of no confidence by his faculty.

Mathur has sought to rule through intimidation, punishing his critics in every way available to him. In early November of 1999, the IVC academic senate released the results of a survey of full-time faculty (78% participated). 90% disagreed with the statement, "I can express my opinion about issues at the college without fear of retribution or retaliation." The 90% figure will likely go up soon, for Mathur intends to fire an untenured instructor--a critic--for his involvement in the act of naming the plot of dirt next to the Life Sciences greenhouse. It was named the "Terry Burgess garden."


Huge Vote Against College Chief (LA Times, May 18, 2004 | Jeff Gottlieb)

Faculty in the South Orange County Community College District overwhelmingly voted no confidence Monday in Chancellor Raghu Mathur.
Of the full-time professors at Irvine Valley and Saddleback colleges who cast ballots, 93.5% voted in favor of no confidence, and 6% were against the union-sponsored measure. One person abstained.
Out of 318 faculty eligible, 246 -- 77% -- voted, according to the district faculty association….

Clueless IVC Prez Glenn Roquemore smiles as he makes nice with the enemy - August 26, 2014

Vice President, Western Region, Workforce Solutions/University of Phoenix, Chuck Parker, President, Irvine Valley College, Dr. Glenn R. Roquemore

○ Members of the Irvine Valley College community just received this gushing email from the President:

Irvine Valley College Signs Memorandum of Understanding with University of Phoenix

Irvine – Irvine Valley College (IVC) administration, faculty and staff held a formal signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the University of Phoenix, Inc. (University) on Wednesday, August 20, 2014.
Irvine Valley College President Glenn Roquemore said, “This partnership will expand the many transfer opportunities available to the IVC students and staff. One of the major benefits of the MOU is the tuition discount."
Irvine Valley College students transferring to University of Phoenix into an undergraduate baccalaureate degree program … will be considered as having satisfied the general education requirements for the breadth of the liberal arts degree program….

○ IVC students get 10% off Phoenix tuition, which is way pricey.

○ Evidently, President Roquemore is not aware that entities such as the U of Phoenix exist to make huge profits by taking advantage of students who typically receive federally insured loans, putting them in serious debt. Those students, upon graduating, typically fail to find the work they were expecting and often default on their loans, forcing the taxpayer to pay. (It's a massive bubble that, one day, will pop.)

○ You’re fine with all that, are you Glenn? You're a Republican, aren't you? Yeah. I see you smiling with those vets you claim to love!

○ Alas, the "predatory for-profits" problem is especially egregious in the case of Vets, who pay their way via the new GI Bill:


GI Bill funds failing for-profit California colleges

(Desert Sun)

The ever-clueless Glenn R

Over the last five years, more than $600 million in college assistance for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans has been spent on California schools so substandard that they have failed to qualify for state financial aid.
As a result, the GI Bill — designed to help veterans live the American dream — is supporting for-profit companies that spend lavishly on marketing but can leave veterans with worthless degrees and few job prospects, The Center for Investigative Reporting found.

. . .

Financial records analyzed by CIR show that California is the national epicenter of this problem, with nearly 2 out of every 3 GI Bill dollars going to for-profit colleges.
The University of Phoenix in San Diego outdistances its peers. Since 2009, the campus has received $95 million in GI Bill funds. That's more than any brick-and-mortar campus in America, more than the entire 10-campus University of California system and all UC extension programs combined.

. . .

The school's large share of GI Bill funding reflects more than just the number of veterans enrolling. The programs are expensive. An associate degree costs $395 a credit, for instance — nearly 10 times the cost at a public community college.
The University of Phoenix won't say how many of its veterans graduate or find jobs, but the overall graduation rate at its San Diego campus is less than 15 percent, according to the U.S. Department of Education, and more than a quarter of students default on their loans within three years of leaving school.
Those figures fall short of the minimum standards set by the California Student Aid Commission, which dispenses state financial aid. The commission considers either a graduation rate lower than 30 percent or a loan default rate of more than 15.5 percent clear indicators of a substandard education.
No such restrictions govern GI Bill funds. And nearly 300 California schools that received GI Bill money either were barred from receiving state financial aid at least once in the past four years or operated without accreditation, CIR has found.

. . .

Of the $1.5 billion in GI Bill funds spent on tuition and fees in California since 2009, CIR found that more than 40 percent — $638 million —went to schools that have failed the state financial aid standard at least once in the past four years.
Four of those schools were University of Phoenix campuses, which together took in $225 million….

An Enemy In Common? The Case Against For-Profit Colleges

(Cognoscenti [NPR Boston])

… As Americans, we should all be concerned that veterans are being taken advantage of by unscrupulous profiteers. As taxpayers, we should be aware that we are paying for this disservice. Approximately 85-95 percent of the for-profits’ revenue comes from taxpayer-supported benefits….

For-Profit College Investigation--Is the New GI Bill Working?: Questionable For-Profit Colleges Increasingly Dominate the Program

([Senator] Harkin newsletter)


…Senator Harkin's HELP Committee investigation found:

. . .

  • Most for-profit colleges charge much higher tuition than comparable programs at community colleges and flagship State public universities. The investigation found Associate degree and certificate programs averaged four times the cost of degree programs at comparable community colleges. Bachelor's degree programs averaged 20 percent more than the cost of analogous programs at flagship public universities despite the credits being largely non-transferrable.
  • Because 96 percent of students starting a for-profit college take federal student loans to attend a for-profit college (compared to 13 percent at community colleges), nearly all students who leave have student loan debt, even when they don't have a degree or diploma or increased earning power.
  • Students who attended a for-profit college accounted for 47 percent of all Federal student loan defaults in 2008 and 2009. More than 1 in 5 students enrolling in a for-profit college-22 percent-default within 3 years of entering repayment on their student loans....

Hey-Diddly-Ho, Neighbor!

Oldie but Goodie [2012]: See Senator Harkin’s For-Profit College Investigation: U of Phoenix