Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Leaving A-200

Poster for our valiant - and ultimately failed - recall effort. 
Most A-200 denizens are packing up and moving their new digs in LA Building  (as the new Liberal Arts building is called by some) which presents opportunities for archaeological discoveries like the poster above and the reading packet below.

Who could forget the Holocaust denier on our board, who was supported by so many faculty and administrators, some still in their positions?  Who could forget that among our part-time faculty were two fellas who went on to publishing acclaim, one wining a Pulitzer Prize? Quick, someone tell our PR folks. It's not every community college who can make such boasts. Indeed, imagine a evening exchange of ideas between Steve Frogue and Michael Chabon in the faculty lounge. Or not.

"A long memory is the most radical idea in American history," so said historian Clare Sparks.  It certainly is in the SOCCCD.  Come visit us in LA Building!

Reading packet for WR 11, the Short Fiction Workshop, almost 30 years ago.
Still in its shrink wrap.
Perhaps worth a pretty penny on eBbay? 
Trustee Frogue made the over of the OC Weekly.
We still have copies!

Rebel Girl, c. 1986
UPDATE, Friday, the 23rd: today, Rebel Girl was busy taking Limber Lou to an audition in Hollywood. Meanwhile, I taught until 11:45 and then hotfooted it over to LA101, where a meeting of the new VPI (Chris McDonald) with faculty of the Schools of Humanities and Languages & Language Resources was underway. As I entered, a guy asked me to turn in my keys (to A239, my office for the last 28 or so years). He gave me a new key—to LA214, my new lair, again with Rebel Girl.
     Soon, we broke for lunch, and some of us ate with the new VPI, Chris McDonald, who seems like a decent guy. As it turns out, our long-time dean, Karima, just snagged the Interim version of McDonald's old gig at Saddleback, and so the meeting was about more than just moving to new digs. Who would be our interim dean? Lots of tongues were flappin'. Lots of rumors were flyin'. What will the future bring? Who knows.
     As usual, snafus surfaced. The boxed books and shite from one office hadn't been moved, and the movers were now gone; some of the new office computers didn't work right; some folks couldn't get the printer to work; and so on. The usual stuff.
     The door to my (our) new ofice doesn't stay open, so I've got to use this big dumb door-opening wedge thingy. The air-conditioning seems to produce a temperature a notch above comfort. I could go on, but mostly I'm excited about our new building and office. It's all shiny and new and, for the first time, faculty in my school have their own lounge, complete with comfortable chairs and a fridge and a sink—plus a great big mirror ball over in the corner. (Well, no.) College faculty offices need to be on the second floor of a cool looking building with windows, and now we've got that, so I'm happy.
     For now.


Anonymous said...

Did you know that Steve was an Eagle Scout but I'm not certain from which country.

Roy Bauer said...

1:11, Yes, he and I would occasionally discuss our Scouting past. Frogue was as American as apple pie. He was among the many who served in the military (Marines) in So. Cal and then decided to settle here.

Anonymous said...

He was also a fan of JFK assassination conspiracy theories, especially when it was pinned on the Mossad. Remember when he un-recused himself as a member of the always shameful SOCCCD Board of Trustees to vote to approve $5,000 for guest speakers for his proposed Community Education course on JFK assassination theories!? That caused a backlash from literally around the world the likes of which the always disconnected and arrogant-as-shit SOCCCD had never seen. Shortly thereafter all of us had our computers frozen with the screen filled with the Nazi flag! Yes, we had some really bad, interesting, stressful and shameful days back then - and these were not isolated nor the only ones. Except for the Nazi shit, not much has changed in my opinion in the SOCCCD.

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