SMC Board Approves Ambitious Goals to Fight Racial Inequity

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HomeNewsCity CouncilSMC Board Approves Ambitious Goals to Fight Racial Inequity May. 11, 2019 at 5:20 amCity CouncilEducationFeaturedNewsPoliticsSanta Monica CollegeSMC Board Approves Ambitious Goals to Fight Racial InequityGuest Author2 years agoAB 1809barry snellInequityQuinoñes-PerezRacial Inequitysanta monica college board of trusteessmcsusan aminoff by Theo Greenly, SMC Corsair / Daily Press Staff WriterThe Santa Monica College Board of Trustees voted unanimously on Tuesday to adopt goals aimed at aggressively combating racial inequities among students.A new state law, AB 1809, Chapter 33, requires all colleges to set goals for the number of students who earn degrees or certificates, transfer to four-year colleges, or find employment in their field of study. SMC voted to go beyond the minimum numbers required by the Chancellor’s Office in their plan, known as the Vision for Success Goals.The goals outlined in the proposal are heavily influenced by SMC’s Student Equity Plan, which aims to close, and ultimately eliminate equity gaps between white, Asian, African-American, and Latino students. The Student Equity Plan must be submitted to the state by June 31.The timeline was originally agreed on by a joint committee who planned implementation for the 2021-22 academic year. However, members at the school’s executive level pushed the dates back to the 2026-27 school year, an act that left some students and faculty members anxious that the school was turning their back on the fight against racial inequities. “I have worked at SMC for nearly 22 years. In those 22 years I have never made a public comment at a board meeting,” said Sherry Bradford, program leader of the Black Collegians Program. “But tonight the stakes are extremely high for our African American and Latinx students.”As word spread that the vision goals were being postponed, rumors began to spread among students that SMC was reducing some services, including eliminating the African American Collegiate Center and the Latino Center.“Unfortunately, the students got the message … that there was the possible elimination of the Black Collegian Center and the Latino Center,” said Trustee Dr. Margaret Quinoñes-Perez. “They see this stuff and their deductive reasoning says, ‘Oh that means elimination of those things.’”Those rumors were unsubstantiated and Quinoñes-Perez asserted that no plans to eliminate the centers had ever been discussed.The board eventually voted to respect the more ambitious 2021-22 timeline. A crowd of students and faculty members spilled into the overflow room and erupted into applause when the measure passed. However many board members remained skeptical.“For me there are goals, and there are reachable goals backed up with money,” said Trustee Dr. Susan Aminoff. “So can someone tell me how we are to meet these very lofty goals within the constraints of our budget?”“Do we think that we can achieve them? We understand that these are really aspirational. They’re more symbolic than anything,” said Hannah Lawler, as Vice Chair of the Institutional Effectiveness Committee which put the plan together. “By setting lofty goals without figuring out all the mechanics of how we’re going to achieve it, I think we’re using these goals to motivate us.”Trustee Rob Rader raised concerns that the vision goals were oversimplified.“When we don’t parse our data more accurately and control better for the numbers, we end up treating each group as monolithic,” Rader said. “We treat all African-American students as just the same, we treat all Latinx students just the same. And different students come from different backgrounds, they have different experiences coming in, and they may require very different strategies.”“I’m very happy to go for aspirational goals,” Rader added, “but I do think that goals without mechanisms are better characterized as wishful thinking.”Not every board member agreed. Trustee Barry Snell commended the plan.“This is the first time that I’ve sat on the dais that I really believe we can do this,” Snell said. “We can do this. This is not a dream. This is an action plan … this is something that can be achieved, and I’m all in from a trustee standpoint.”Budget and implementation plans don’t have to be submitted until next year.This story was produced as part of a partnership between the SMC Corsair Student newspaper and the Santa Monica Daily Press. Tags :AB 1809barry snellInequityQuinoñes-PerezRacial Inequitysanta monica college board of trusteessmcsusan aminoffshare on Facebookshare on Twittershow 1 commentlast_img read more

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Burlington Free Press to make big changes, shrink size of paper

first_imgFree Press Media,An ongoing $2.4 million rebuild of the FreePressMedia printing press in Burlington is one piece of a 2012 “Triple Crown” that also involves a new format for the printed edition and a new, content-based subscription plan for Free Press platforms, President and Publisher Jim Fogler announced today.”We are making a significant investment in our press and making a tangible commitment to our community. We are not only here to stay, we are here to grow. Our print and digital FreePressMedia platforms, including the Burlington Free Press and burlingtonfreepress.com, will continue to deliver high value and quality. For our local business partners who advertise in our printed edition, it’s a reinvented medium designed to deliver added impact.”Fogler said the full scope of FreePressMedia’s enhancements includes: A $2.4 million rebuild of our 45-year-old press is already in progress. This work will provide a first in the newspaper’s rich 186-year history: the opportunity to provide color photos and advertisements on every printed page. With more color capacity, FreePressMedia will also have the capacity to serve more commercial printed customers. A shift from broadsheet page size to a new tall tab format in June that will give the Burlington Free Press printed edition more of a magazine feel with design upgrades. A new business plan launching in conjunction with the easy-to-use format that will incorporate print and online content into a comprehensive subscription model.The newspaper’s production facility, located on South Winooski Avenue in downtown Burlington, will sport state-of-the-art printing capabilities when work is completed in late April. The Free Press printed edition will convert from a standard broadsheet format to a new, easy-to-use tabloid format (11’ wide x 15’ in length).The printed edition in this new format will be more colorful and feature a modular approach to advertising display which will provide greater impact and ad-size flexibility for advertisers.‘We’ll deliver a more colorful printed edition in a more compact and easy-to-handle size; and pages will be easier to navigate,’ Fogler said. ‘We will differentiate our content to match our platforms ‘ our printed edition will have more narrative storytelling and our web and mobile will be the news of now.’At the heart of the experience for printed edition readers will be the approach pioneered since 2009 in the Free Press’ passion-topics sections: in-depth reporting, rich photographs and eye-catching design in Green Mountain, Savorvore, ARTSbtv and innovate. These approaches have enhanced our coverage of topics that define life in Vermont. The new-look Burlington Free Press will deliver the most accountability reporting and narrative writing in all of Vermont.FreePressMedia will also be changing its subscription model, as part of an historic shift toward digital-first publishing. The new model will provide the flexibility of how, when and where our readers want to consume their local news and information in Vermont. Free Press readers will see significant digital enhancements in the next few months, including more video and photos, and a renewed focus on the topics that matter most to Vermonters. As this happens, FreePressMedia will launch new and improved digital platforms for readers to access news and information, including a more robust mobile site and a tablet-friendly reader experience.Under the new subscription model, subscribers will pay for access to content produced by FreePressMedia and distributed digitally through websites, mobile devices and tablets and in the printed edition. Subscribers may choose from a variety of offers of our full access plans including home delivery of the printed edition (daily, weekends, or Sunday only) and access to our news coverage or they may choose a digital-only plan. And for the first time, subscribers will be able to see the entire printed edition online in an e-Newspaper format. ‘These investments demonstrate our commitment to Chittenden County, and they will help us bring a sense of urgency and deep dives into the narrative of our daily and Sunday news reports ‘ whether you read us on a digital platform or in the printed edition of the Free Press,’ said Michael Townsend, editor of the Free Press. ‘Our readers depend on us to be their community watchdogs, hold our local officials accountable, push for open door meetings, be on the scene when news happens, and to report on what’s most important to them. We will continue to evolve.’About FreePressMediaFreePressMedia is the leading news and information company in the Greater Burlington area. The FreePressMedia family of brands includes more than 12 publications, websites and mobile applications including the Burlington Free Press and BurlingtonFreePress.com, which together have the highest integrated audience reach of any market in Vermont. FreePressMedia is part of Gannett Co, Inc, a leading international news and information company that publishes 81 daily newspapers in the USA, including USA TODAY.BURLINGTON, VT ‘ Free Press Media. 2.23.2012last_img read more

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In memoriam: John ‘Jack’ Miaskowski

first_imgJohn ‘Jack’ MiaskowskiJohn, of Strongsville, Ohio was in advertising/sales for over 50 years, 16 of them with CryoGas International (now gasworld) where, as Advertising Sales Manager, he helped grow the magazine into the industrial gas and welding industry’s most respected business journal.In the process of closing many deals, he made a legendary number of friends within that industry. John was the consummate sales professional who lived life to the fullest and was always willing to lend a helping hand and to offer a kind word. His positive attitude was an inspiration to all who knew him.John is survived by his wife of 55 years, Kathy, who was always at his side at the GAWDA annual conventions. He also leaves his three daughters, Kathy (Pat) Spoerndle, Lisa (Matt) Arnold and Maureen (Scott) Lessing, and nine grandchildren of whom he was so proud.In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Rotary Club of Strongsville, Ohio and online condolences maybe left at www.jardinefh.comlast_img read more

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Call for Coaches & Managers for Masters World Cup 2019

first_imgTFA is currently seeking to appoint suitably qualified coaches to the vacant coaching and team manager positions within the National Masters Program. The Australian teams will be attending the 2019 Masters World Cup in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from the 25th April to 5th May 2019.Expression of Interest ProcessTFA is seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) from suitably qualified, currently accredited and active Elite level coaches and managers to fill the following positions:National Masters Program:Mens 30’s Coach, Assistant Coach and ManagerMens 35’s Coach, Assistant Coach and ManagerMens 40’s Coach, Assistant Coach and ManagerMens 45’s Coach, Assistant Coach and ManagerMens 50’s Coach, Assistant Coach and ManagerWomens 27’s Coach, Assistant Coach and ManagerWomens 35’s Coach, Assistant Coach and ManagerSenior Mixed Coach, Assistant Coach and ManagerCoaches and Assistant CoachesTo submit your EOI for all coaching positions, click here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/masterscoach(The EOI will include: Name; Contact Details; NCAS Coaching Level; Previous Elite level [only] Coaching Experience.)Team ManagersTFA is also seeking EOIs for the team manager positions. To submit your EOI for team manager positions, click here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/mastersmanagerEOIs for all positions will close at 5pm Monday 1st October, 2018. (Note: This date has had to be brought forward)Appointment termsThe appointment term for these positions will be from date of appointment in 2018 through to completion of all responsibilities after the 2019 World Cup. This campaign will involve attendance by the appointed Coaches and Managers at all team and national selection camps throughout the World Cup preparation.For more info on all of the above, click here: 2019 Masters Coach & Manager EOI.last_img read more

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22 days agoReal Madrid president Florentino willing to write off LaLiga campaign

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid president Florentino willing to write off LaLiga campaignby Paul Vegas22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid president Florentino Pérez is willing to write off their LaLiga campaign.El Confidencial says while the majority of directors are insisting on a better showing in the league, Perez is prepared to sacrifice it for a long Champions League run.Above all else, Perez believes their €300m summer outlay must translate into more success in Europe. Even more so as it’s the quickest way of earning back the summer spend.And should the team fall short of expectations, the president is likely to act on coach Zinedine Zidane.Real are already wobbling in Europe after this week’s 2-2 draw at home to Club Brugge. last_img read more

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20 days agoMan Utd boss Solskjaer delivers Pogba injury update

first_imgMan Utd boss Solskjaer delivers Pogba injury updateby Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admits he is unlikely to call upon Paul Pogba for the trip to Newcastle on Sunday.Pogba has had a nagging ankle problem since United’s 1-1 draw at Southampton at the end of August and missed France’s Euro 2020 qualifiers against Albania and Andorra.He was also unavailable for the Red Devils in fixtures against Leicester and West Ham before starting games against Rochdale and Arsenal. Asked if he would have any key players back from injury for the weekend, Solskjaer said: “I don’t know. Let’s see on Saturday morning. Probably not.”On Pogba being fit for Sunday, the Norwegian added: “Probably not, there’s an international break as well, so it might be time for us to give him 10 or 14 days extra to be ready for the Liverpool game.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Its a question of tradeoff between inconvenience and loss of life in

first_imgNew Delhi: The restrictions imposed in Jammu and Kashmir on people’s movement and communications may continue for some more days and any decision on lifting them will be taken by the local administration, a top government official said on Tuesday. Political leaders like former chief ministers Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti, who were arrested as a “precautionary measures”, will be released by the Jammu and Kashmir administration only after assessing the ground situation. “If the trade-off is between inconvenience and loss of life, what should we choose? However, the administration is aware of the difficulties being faced by people and trying to minimising inconvenience. Any such decision will be taken by the local administration,” the official said.last_img read more

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Chris Farleys family settles bikename lawsuit

first_imgMADISON, Wis. – Trek Bicycle says the family of the late “Saturday Night Live” star Chris Farley has settled a federal lawsuit against the Wisconsin-based company for naming its fat-tired bikes Farley.Trek spokesman Eric Bjorling tells The Associated Press the settlement was reached Wednesday.Terms are confidential, but Bjorling says Trek can continue making Farley bikes.The lawsuit alleged Trek misappropriated Farley’s name and traded on his “fat guy” brand of comedy.Chris Farley was born and raised in Madison, about 30 miles (50 kilometres) from Waterloo, where Trek is based. He died in Chicago in 1997 from a drug overdose.An attorney for Make Him Smile, a company founded and run by Farley’s family to protect his publicity and property rights, did not immediately respond to a request for comment Wednesday.last_img read more

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City of Fort St John holds open house for Downtown Action Plan

first_img“The open house is about 100 Street and what we want 100 Street to look like at the end of the day. We do have to replace all the infrastructure underneath the road because the pipes underneath there are really old and they need to be replaced. This is really a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that we have when we come back to the surface, is to rebuild it the way that most people want to see it. We want people’s input from the open house, we’re going to take that input, transcribe it, and come up with concepts to be presented during the Design Charette which is June 11 to the 15.”Throughout the room were display boards where residents could stick notes to them to tell the City what they would like to see improved or, in some cases, kept the same.Some residents felt that there was nothing wrong with the functionality of Downtown but rather the theming of the buildings and the area itself.Other residents raised concerns about parking space and snow removal in the winter.Accessibility is another concern when it comes to redesigning the area, with hopes of making it more accessible to residents with physical disabilities by improving sidewalks and crosswalks.The City will be taking this information and incorporate it for another public session that will be taking place from June 11 to the 15, 2019. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The City of Fort St. John held an open house on Tuesday at the North Peace Cultural Centre for input on the Downtown Action Plan to improve 100 Street.With the City replacing aging infrastructure under 100 Street, the above ground will also have to be replaced, so the City is taking the opportunity to redesign the Street and the Downtown.Victor Shopland, General Manager of Integrated Services for the City of Fort St. John, says the purpose of the open house is to gather feedback from the community and integrate that information into concepts. For more information on the project, you can visit the City’s website.last_img read more

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Hiccups in fairplay

first_imgConducting elections in a country this big is certainly a task. The Election Commission of India (EC) has been in news for a while now. With shufflings in the civil administration, notices issued over misconduct, VVPAT confrontation with opposition parties, banning biopics over MCC, failing EVMs in the first phase and scrutiny over its powers, its been busy at the office for election officials. The Supreme Court has been involved in several of these confrontations, coming out as guiding light ensuring a free and fair mood of elections more than EC on occasions. Pleas filed in the top court have at the very least promised to strengthen loose ends so that there is nothing to even remotely blemish the electoral process’s sanctity. With the Supreme Court’s scrutiny, ECI discovered itself empowered to bar Mayawati, CM Yogi, Maneka Gandhi, SP leader Azam Khan from campaigning over objectionable statements uttered in their campaign speeches. Flouting the Model Code of Conduct has been a recurring feature but effective measures have been deployed to ensure a neutral atmosphere. The free and fair argument has seen some severe tussling in the south though. Tamil Nadu’s Chief Electoral Officer had revealed cash worth Rs 135.41 crore seized in the state since the Model Code of Conduct came into force. Now that is a grave threat to election flaring ECI’s apprehensions. Monetary influence in the Lok Sabha elections is a serious mishap on the Constitutional body’s part and matters in Tamil Nadu do not augur too well. Last week’s Income Tax revelation of Rs 11.53 crore concealed in a cement godown belonging to an associate of a DMK leader in Vellore district had pushed EC to consider the cancellation of polls in Vellore. While DMK maintains that these raids were politically motivated, that was not enough to convince EC which then reportedly wrote to the President regarding the cancellation of polls there. Finally cancelled just a day before Vellore was to vote in the second phase of the Lok Sabha polls, Supreme Court had urged EC to peruse the plea which cited a rise in cash-for-votes instances in Tamil Nadu. Citing the recent raids on the premises of DMK leaders in Vellore district, the petition, filed by a social worker claimed that the act of buying votes denied “an equal voice for some voters and an equal chance for some candidates”. The petition demanded heightened awareness through media over the mala fide act of buying votes and also called for more flying squads to increase vigilance. Before calling off the poll in Vellore, the apex court had served EC a copy of the petition to examine and act accordingly. The petition only highlights and adds to the problem of money and ensuing influence which EC is well aware of and working on. Also Read – A compounding difficultyCancelling election in Vellore is not the first instance of its kind since back in May 2016, the Election Commission recommended cancelling assembly by-polls in Avarakurichi and Thanjavur, saying it was the first time Indian elections were being cancelled because voters were bribed. The two elections were held in November 2016. While awareness definitely aids in curbing cash-for-vote instances, but, at the same time, can also be ignored. Money is a lucrative commodity and it definitely moves masses. It may not be done very rampantly but in pockets, cash can be slid in and votes can be amassed without the EC knowing of such malpractice. It is necessary to ensure that parties do not act hastily with their evil plots and cherish a sense of impunity. Apart from elections being cancelled (and likely postponed), candidates can be failed or parties can be fined. Cash-for-vote must be eroded from the roots. EC ought to carefully implement measures and at the same time, take bold decisions, as in Vellore and the past, to uphold its credibility and ensure the neutral ground for the mandate. Any discrepancy will severely damage the election process which, not to forget, is also an expensive affair – in terms of both time and money. The petition certainly highlighted a detrimental affair which, given Tamil Nadu’s representation in Lok Sabha with regard to seats, could have been instrumental in shifting the outcome.last_img read more

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