This just in from ASDB:
Governor Jan Brewer Appoints Board Members for the Arizona State Schools for the Deaf and Blind
PHOENIX — Governor Jan Brewer today named five new members to the Arizona State Schools for the Deaf and Blind (ASDB) Board of Directors.
“The Arizona State Schools for the Deaf and Blind fulfills a critical mission by educating students with unique and specialized needs. So, it has been troubling to see allegations of mismanagement made against ASDB and its leaders. While inquiries continue, I conducted a lengthy and deliberative process to replace Board members whose terms had expired. I am confident the five new members I’m naming today will help give the institution the ‘fresh start’ it needs,” said Governor Brewer. “These new members have outstanding qualifications from across the deaf and blind community. Most important, they are committed to making certain ASDB students are prepared with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed after graduation.”
Each term for the eight gubernatorial appointments has expired; the ninth seat is filled by the Superintendent of Public Instruction’s designee. With Governor Brewer appointing five new members, the other three will continue to serve for the time being as holdover appointments.
New Board members include:
• Dr. Kathy Jankowski: former Dean, Laurent Clerk National Deaf Education Center, Gallaudet University
• Taralynn Petrites: Lead Faculty, American Sign Language and Interpreter Training, Pima Community College
• Elaine Baldridge: former Director of Children’s Services, Foundation for Blind Children
• Michael Gordon: Executive Director, Southern Arizona Association for the Visually Impaired
• Dr. Mark Syms: Otologist, Arizona Ear Center
The three holdover appointments include Sherri Collins who represents the Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing; Orlenda Roberts who acts as the Board’s school district employee who works with sensory-impaired pupils; and Michael Williams, who serves as a public member
We'll be updating this story as we find out more.
Attention space enthusiasts!
If you've ever dreamt of taking a photo with an astronaut (I know I have), this weekend might be your chance.
Taking place at the JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort & Spa, Spacefest V will provide an opportunity for space lovers to chat with astronauts, take photos with them, listen to some really interesting talks and see some space inspired artwork.
Astronauts will include five moon-walkers, Apollo astronauts, space shuttle astronauts and mission controllers.
Speakers will include Professor Brian Cox, author, lecturer, physicist and rockstar, Dr. Carolyn Porco, team-leader of Cassini-Saturn's imaging, among many others.
Of course, we can't forget the astronauts, who will be conveniently sitting in booths with signs identifying them and their missions.
The art show looks pretty promising too:
The main event will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily throughout Memorial Day weekend (May 24-27).
General admission prices are $20 daily, or $50 for all four days.
If you really love space, special tickets can be purchased that include banquets, luncheons, all-day talks passes and VIP benefits.
Get the full details on tickets at Tickets and Registration
In their second offering to YouTube's highly-advertised Comedy Week, The Lonely Island has decided to take the recent hip-hop trend of hashtag rap (as perpetrated by Drake, Childish Gambino, Kanye West and others) and turn it on its ear.
And, I think it's great, mostly because it means Andy Samberg is actually doing something funny again.
We already mentioned that Jes has lashed back at Abercombie & Fitch CEO Mike Jefferies with her photo series, "Attractive & Fat," but her campaign has blown up, sending her all the way to New York and NBC's Today.
"I wanted to not replicate but kind of show what it would look like to have a plus-size model in that scenario," [Baker] told TODAY's Savannah Guthrie on Wednesday. "I think that fashion is incredibly political when you're fat. And to take the sensuality that's found in Abercrombie ads and apply that to a fat person as well is just taking it one step further."
"I would love to see so many images like the ones that we put out, that people are no longer outraged by it, that people are not shocked, that people don't take a second look," she said. "Then and only then will you start to see extra-large shirts everywhere, and by then, people probably won't care."
Keep on kicking ass, Jes. We're behind you.
If you haven't had a chance to see Brooklyn photographer Stefan Falke's photographs of the Mexico border region curated online on Forward Thinking Museum, please go to the website to see Falke's interpretation:
This long term project documents cultural activities in what used to be some of the worlds most dangerous cities along the US/Mexican border. I photographed artists along the entire 2000 miles long divide to show the vibrant cultural side of a region that is usually portrayed by the international media with the sole focus on violent crime. The high security steel fence erected by the US over most of the 2000 miles long border did its part to create a physiological and physical barrier. This had particular significance to me ever since I moved to New York — probably because I am German and because I have lived with a wall dividing Berlin and my country until 1989.
What I particularly liked about his project are the people he captured in Nogales, Sonora — some wonderful artists we met and wrote about in a story in December 2011 on a new arts collective and the work they are doing — documentaries, murals and paintings.
However, while our heart is partial to Nogales and the images and people he captured there, Falke's photos show images that defy Brewer-manipulated stereotypes from one side of the border to the other.
FC Tucson might need to invest some of its capital in expanding the size of its bandwagon, because this club is about to become quite popular.
The second-year amateur soccer team made up of college players pulled off a thrilling 3-2 win in penalty kicks over San Antonio on Tuesday night, downing the professional Scorpions in Texas to advance in the U.S. Open Cup tournament.
San Antonio, a member of the second-division (behind Major League Soccer, in terms of U.S. soccer hierarchy) North American Soccer League, was the second pro team FC Tucson has beaten in as many weeks in the U.S. Open Cup, a 100-year-old tourney that this year pits 68 clubs from various levels of soccer in a single-elimination format.
FC Tucson beat USL Pro (Division 3) club Phoenix FC Wolves 2-1 last Tuesday in Tucson.
Tucson led 2-1 late in the second half when San Antonio was awarded with a penalty kick for a handball in the box, which the Scorpions converted into the equalizer.
After two scoreless 15-minute overtimes, penalty kicks decided the winner, with San Antonio missing on its first and fifth attempts while Tucson made all four tries to win 4-3.
"You're still PDL" chants the SA supporters. Yes, yes we are. You need a favorite PDL team America. Make us yours. #BeatHouston— FC Tucson (@FC_Tucson) May 22, 2013
With the victory, FC Tucson moves on to face MLS club Houston Dynamo next Wednesday (May 29) in Houston in the round of 32.
According to Houston's Web site, tickets are already on sale for the match at BBVA Compass Stadium. Sounds like it'd be a fun road trip.
People, John McCain just wants to make your lives easier.
First, he's going after TV providers by crusading for you to have a la carte cable programming.
His new mission: Making it so you don't have to mess with the f—king App Store to update things on your iPhone.
For clarity's sake, McCain was finishing his line of questioning to Apple CEO Tim Cook regarding Apple's fairly brilliant (and legal) tax avoidance and offshore cash storage practices, before throwing in a dig at Apple — or opening up an opportunity for hundreds of people to mock him for being old.
In 1969, four men by the names of John Roberts, Joel Rosenman, Artie Kornfield and Mike Lang, set out to organize a music festival that, little did they know, would become one of the most well-known music events in history.
Although the festival created a huge amount of problems for the poor guys, including thousands of dollars of debt and approximately 80 lawsuits, it set the stage for the long history of successful festivals to follow.
By the end of the Woodstock Festival, more than 500,000 people had attended - some abandoning their cars in the middle of the highway just to walk to the massive concert, and helicopters had been issued to airlift performers to the stage. Movies have been made about it. People are still talking about it, and it seems pretty clear, the festival was pretty legendary.
But though it may have changed history, will there ever be such a festival again?
Now, for whatever reason, there are a number of these folks (like any faction in society, really) that are having trouble finding that one, true partner who loves Faygo just as much as they do. Thus, they've taken to OKCupid, the famed (read: free) Internet dating site, so they can find someone who they can make sweet "woop woop" to, all night long.
That said, some Internet hero has created okcupidjuggalos.tumblr.com, where one can examine the profiles of of lovelorn Insane Clown Posse fans — presumably to mock them, though I hope that someone, somewhere, can help those poor souls with their shot at love.
Because, I mean, love is a miracle — and how the fuck does that work?
Go visit her site right here and see what beautiful Ambercrombie ads she's put together.
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